As part of my Writer’s Life series, I thought I’d share links that I use either during the writing process or when I’m editing or searching for services. There are in no particular order.
I’ve made it through week one and I’m right where I need to be as far on words. Week two is where I really start to doubt myself. At this very moment I am thinking that I might not have enough story to make it to 50k. I’m also thinking that my premise it too weak or my characters are lame… You name it, it’s probably rolling around in my brain. Week two is about determination, more than any other week I think. I have to get out of my brain as much as possible and just write. I might see if I can find some writing sprints to participate in. Those always help. Remember, NaNoWriMo is meant to help you get a rough draft, not a polished prize winning novel. 🙂
As of last night, my NaNoWriMo novel hit 6k words. I managed 2k words a day, not a bad start. I know that there is a least one NaNoWriMo participant who has already reached 50k and that’s just nuts. In fact, there is another challenge that I recently learned about a competition called The Five Day Novel. Now, I like a challenge but even I am not that crazy. I’ll stick with a 30 day novel, thank you!
Today marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. Although I know some people have already been writing since midnight, their time, I am not one of those folks. I have a day job and kids. I’ll be writing this evening and hope to get about two thousand words. Like most people in the beginning of this craziness, I’m going to try to write as much as possible so that when mid month hits and I get the blahs I have a cushion. I’m also hoping my outline helps me.
Good luck to all my fellow participants! Keep track of my progress by checking out my NaNoWriMo page or just glancing at the word widget on the right. 🙂
NaNoWriMo starts in less than two weeks!
To prepare, I’ve created an outline using Holly Lisle’s Professional Plot Outline course, available for $.99. Since I’ve never actually outlined, I figured I would consult an expert resource. Now I have my whole novel plotted out, down to the scene, from beginning to end. The course even pushed my ideas further than originally anticipated to new and fun plot devices. I am hoping that a complete outline will prevent writers block and keep me on track the whole month.
The next step, I will be adding all my scenes from the outline and sticking them into Scrivener. I bought Scrivener last year after my NaNoWriMo win with my winner’s discount and promptly forgot about it. A writer friend, Jonathan Fesmire, mentioned he enjoys the program so I watched the start up video and updated my program. Scrivener has this neat note card feature I can put all my plot points into. So where ever I pick up writing, I’ll know where I am and where I’m going. I could probably write the novel backwards, but I’m not that masochistic.
I will also be using the ‘research’ file system where Scrivener saves your files/images/sound bites IN SCRIVENER. So it’s all at my finger tips when ever I need it. I will be using this Character Chart for Fiction Writers to really flesh out my characters. It’s seven pages long and asks for things I don’t normally think about. It will stay right next to my writing and I can pull it up with a click or I can even use the two pane option and write while looking at it. This way, my characters wont have eyes that change color through out the book. My previous method of keeping a notebook isn’t ideal for me.
That’s the game plan so far. For being a pantser in the past, I feel that’s pretty good. If you are participating in the NaNoWriMo, what are you doing to prepare?