October 29, 2011
So you’re just now jumping on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon, or maybe you just didn’t have a spare second during the month of October to devote to prepping. Either way, you need a plan, and you have less than 3 days to come up with one. So let’s get down to business.
From Alexandra Sokoloff‘s blog, a series of posts labeled NaNoWriMo Prep
These aren’t short posts. It would take a bit of time to read everything here, but this is a goldmine of valuable writing/plotting advice. If nothing else, bookmark for perusal in December.
From Paperback Writer, an excellent 4-part NaNoWriMo Prep series:
Part 1: The Mountain
Part 2: Stand Out Characters
Part 3: Food and Fire
Part 4: Glass Wisdom
From Dan at SurlyMuse:
The Hailstorm Approach: Prep for Nanowrimo in Seven Days (or Less), a quick and easy read featuring a 7-step guide to plotting in a hurry. This uses a compilation of useful techniques and will have you well on your way to feeling prepared to start writing November 1st.
From Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story:
NaNo Prep: Planning Your Novel, a 6-step guide with links to other relevant articles, which serve as excellent reference points or standalone reads.
From LindaJM at Squidoo:
Get Ready For NaNoWriMo, an easily-skimmed but still comprehensive preparation guide, complete with links to resources.
Finally, from Amber West at A Day Without Sushi:
A Guide to Preparing for NaNoWriMo: The Pantsless Way, a lighter approach to NaNo preparations for those who plan to pants their way through November. She brings up some good points that even plotters may want to take note of.
I’m off to finish writing the synopsis for my November project. Where are you in your NaNo preparations?
October 7, 2011
nanowrimo, outlining, plot elements, prewriting
Free ‘Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo‘ Online Course (click on link, scroll down and click on name of course) – Thanks to Terri Main on Google+ for this one. (I didn’t link her name because she doesn’t like to be ‘circled’ without permission. She posted this in a public note though, so I’m assuming it’s okay to share this information. If anyone tells me otherwise, I’ll delete immediately.) You can log in as a guest user for this course. Enrollment key is “vipaccess.”
October 1-8: Developing your Novel Concept: Premise, Main Characters, Basic Story Development
October 9 – 15: Developing Character and Setting
October 16 – 22: Plot: Pantser or Plotter? Preparing your storyline your way.
October 23-31: During the Month: Time Management, Social Support, Writers Block and Having Fun!
For the Plotters:
From Randy Ingermanson at Advanced Fiction Writing dot com: The Snowflake Method – A calculated, step-by-step method to planning your novel. It seems to be pretty popular among plotters.
From Margaret McGaffey-Fisk at Forward Motion for Writers (Make an account to access other very cool features of the site, including a NaNo Board): Footsteps to a Novel. A lighter approach to plotting with a simple formula to calculate the length of time it would take to finish a novel (using daily word goal and number of weekdays you’re willing to dedicate to writing it).
From Holly Lisle at Holly Lisle dot com: How to Start a Novel (with links at each step to other informative articles) and Notecarding: Plotting Under Pressure (a method I discovered years ago on Holly’s site and still use in some form for many projects). There is a wealth of free information around the main site, so peruse away!
From James Chartrand at Men With Pens: Five Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before You Write a Novel. Don’t miss this one.
From Marg McAlister at Ezine Articles: Problems with Plot – Episodic Writing – Informative article. Good points to remember when planning your story. Her author page is also worth a look.
For the Pantsers:
From Larry Brooks at Story Fix dot com: The Pantser’s Guide to Story Planning, Part 1 and Part 2. Also be sure to check out his Nail Your NaNoWrMo October feature, 31 days of NaNo project development tips.
For the writers who just can’t make up their minds:.
From Chuck Wendig at TerribleMinds: 25 Ways to Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story. Twenty-five ways, people. All you need is ONE to work for you. (This is worth the read even if you know which camp you’re in.)
How is the NaNo project development going?