Probably the biggest difference for me this time around is that I've done this before. Last year was a great experience -- a thrill ride, in truth. As fun as it was, there were a lot of lessoned to be learned.
So my approach this year is changing in two key areas:
- Preperation: My post below details all the prep work I've done up front this year. Last year, I formed my idea about two weeks before 11/1, and wrote an outline that was maybe 100 words. This year I'm using an idea I've been gestating for quite a while, and my outline is 3,300 words.
- Organization: Last year, I used Word 2007 on a Windows PC. Nothing wrong with that, quite frankly, but all-in-all it was really hard to keep myself organized. This year, I've become a Mac convert, and will be using the wonderful Scrivener to write my drafts. I'll only move it into Word (or, more likely, Pages) when I've got a second draft that I'm ready to start editing.