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There’s Nothing Wrong with planning
Getting ready for NaNoWri Mo Here are some thoughts
It’s something I get asked often, and I mean often. How do I outline. Well, here’s my dirty little secret. I don’t. Not in any traditional sense anyway. Let me explain though…
First I write in Scrivener for Windows. I’m not saying that’s what you need to write with, but it’s what works for me and my style of writing.
I usually start writing with a couple of good characters, some background story in my head (and sometimes written in a notebook somewhere) a starting point and and ending point. So I create my Scrivener file and in the novel section create two “cards” I use each card as a scene in the book. I title each card with something that tells me what happens in the scene “X meets Y” “Car Crash” “Robbery” for example and start writing. As I work things start to pop into my head…
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Two weeks from tomorrow National Novel Writing Month kicks off. Our writing group spent our last meeting talking about it. What it means? How to sign up? What are the benefits?
We also threw out challenges to members who have done it before and those who have not? It is good to have a group to support you when you make the commitment and take on the challenge of writing 50,000 words in the month of November, that’s 1667 words per day.
Writer’s Digest devoted much of the November/December issue to the “Write-a-Thon” There was much helpful information from previous participants in the article. One theme we always see in instructions on this project is not to worry about spelling, grammar, the right word or reference just getting words on paper. One segment titled “Do What It Takes To Make It Feel Real, Fill the Sandbox, Then Make Castles really resonated with the group.
I hope after this conversation we all put away our inner editor until December 1 when we can let him out of his cell or box.
I plan on reading Chris Baty’s book No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stres, High Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. What Baty has to say always gets me hyped up and ready to put my fingers on the key-board on November 1 and if need be wear them to nubs by the end of the month.
If you’re planning on meeting the challenge I suggest you read Baty’s book and reading the Nov/Dec Writer’s Digest both will give you grist to grind in the mill.
Remember there is nothing wrong with planning in the weeks preceding Nov. 1 you can develop characters, plan your setting, make an outline, write random ideas on scraps of paper to be perused in the days of November.
If you’ve got a writing group draw inspiration, encouragement and even help as you write that magic 1667 words a day.
Here’s a big question, one you kind a need to consider before sitting down to start your story. What’s going to move the story along? Why will people keep reading? Are they going to like the characters and keep reading to find out what happens to them or are they going to get caught up in the situation and need to find out the resolution, even if they may not like the characters? Yes, it is possible to do a combination of both.
Why is this important? Because it tells you from the beginning what type of thing you need to do or focus on.
For example, most romances are character driven, people read to find out what happens to the people, and the people in these stories are likeable. You have to like the people enough to care what happens to them. On the other hand many mysteries are…
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