We are finally having cooler days. That means it only reaches 80* instead of over 90*! Looking forward to our first frost…soon I hope.
Last week was very productive. I did have a brief moment of panic yesterday when I thought my computer had lost all of my pre-writing work for NaNo. Luckily I found it. Then I backed it up on a thumb drive. Always have a back up!
Goals from last week:
Make a list of “locations” and describe– DONE
- Begin assembling a list of minor characters just the few that I know I need. Most will be added as I write.
Plot, Plot, Plot- I have my first draft of plots. It’s a flowchart. I need to go through and scratch out ideas I don’t like.- working on it.
- If possible visit local history library for research there’s a few things I need to research for my story
create a list of synonyms for walk – started on it. I’ll add to it I’m sure.
Okay. On here it doesn’t look like much. But I did finish round 1 edits on Origins. That’s a big accomplishment because I won’t have that hanging over me during NaNo.
Week 4 Goals for Preptober:
- If possible visit local history library for research there’s a few things I need to research for my story. This is actually on my list for today 🙂
- Finalize my plot as much as I can
- Begin assembling a list of minor characters. Now that most of the plot is in my chart, I can work on this.
- Assemble writing materials
- Plan word counts needed for the month: by day and week. I don’t write on Sundays, too busy. I won’t write most of Thanksgiving week. That means I need to write more early on. So plan that out.
- Plan a series of easy meals. I’ve started to stock the freezer with pre-made meals. NaNoWriMo is a great time to use the crock-pot and make large quantity meals that render left overs. Like chili. I’m also not above making sliders!
- Make a list of rewards. I’ve never tried this. Could be fun.
- Stock up on easy to east snacks for writing. Yes, I plan on eating Halloween candy! Popcorn too.
That should keep me busy. Here’s the cover for the 2017 NaNoWriMo project.
-What are you working on this week?
It is official I am participating in NaNoWriMo 2017. I say it’s official because I finally signed up at NaNoWriMo. I also bought the t-shirt. Not the winner shirt. I usually buy the winner shirt in advance but last year I didn’t finish. Not even close. So now when I wear the shirt I feel guilty.
Goals from last week:
complete character inventory sheet/backstory Done. I think most of the character work on the four most important characters is complete. I know I will continue to add to them as I plan but the hard work is finished.
Sign up on NaNo website Done. I just need a title now.
- Work harder on finishing Origins. It’s not finished but it is close. There’s probably less than 20 pages left to edit.
- Think about the major plot points for NaNo. I have a few plot cards.
Finish setting out Ghost rules (from last week)
I consider last week a success even though I did not finish everything. This week is plot and research.
Goals for week 3 Preptober:
- Make a list of “locations” and describe- these are the main locations where the story takes place: MC apartment, where she works, and the cemetery. Yes, every ghost story needs a cemetery.
- Begin assembling a list of minor characters- just the few that I know I need. Most will be added as I write.
- Plot, Plot, Plot
- If possible visit local history library for research- there’s a few things I need to research for my story
- create a list of synonyms for walk- don’t laugh, this will make my life so much easier
That’s pretty much it. More than enough to keep me busy.
What are you working on this week?
One of the fun badges you can earn with NaNo is creating a playlist for your project. I’ve discovered I love playlists. Making one for writing projects also helps he prepare to write. Listening to the music helps my brain realize it’s time to write. My current playlist has 105 songs! Don’t worry I’m only hitting the highlights here.
What’s on your playlist?
Last week was horrible. Between kid activities and the hurricane, I’ve accomplished next to nothing. I’m still working on Origins. I had hoped to have this round of edits finished before NaNo, but I’m not so sure that will happen. I’m 3/4 of the way through, but I have to change POV. I’m going from 3rd person to 1st. It’s tedious to say the least. But it works much better this way. A quick shout out to K. Nebity, she recommended I read The Phantom Tollbooth. I did. I enjoyed it but not as much as I would have if I had read it as a kid. Thanks for the recommendation.
October is Perptober. I didn’t know it had an actual name:)
I have the main idea of the story (spark) and the two main characters. I still need to finish fleshing these characters out and finish with the ghost rules.
This week goals:
- complete character inventory sheet/back story- I like to delve deep into my main characters. So this is a must this week.
- Sign up on NaNo website- I need to do this. I did buy this year’s t-shirt. And it’s already arrived 😉
- Work harder on finishing Origins.
- Think about the major plot points for NaNo. It’s a ghost/mystery story. I want this started soon because I will need to do a little research at the library later.
- Finish setting out Ghost rules (from last week)
If you are going to participate in NaNo this year, Click here to read more information and sign up. There are also Twitter sprints that take place once NaNo starts. I love those. Sprints really make you write. There are also other groups on different social media sites.
A few sites with NaNoWriMo Prep ideas:
Boho Berry has printables and links. She has a beautiful NaNo bullet journal. Yes, I’m jealous.
Storyist has an in-depth page on NaNo prep. It would work for starting a novel at any time.
Better Novel Project has an outline.
Here is an October schedule for NaNo.
There you go. A few resaurces to help you along.
How is your planning going?
I know it kind of slipped up on me too. But November is just around the corner, like 29 days away. That’s right. It’s time to get your little monsters in a row.
I sat down this morning with my calendar and came up with a weekly goal to help me prepare for NaNo. I know from experience, the more prepared I am the better chance I have of winning. Meaning completing a 50,000 word novel. Along with the regular prep work, I have a novella I am halfway through editing. I need to finish that. It’s hard to concentrate on NaNo with other projects looming. I still hear the aching call of last years unfinished NaNo novel. Poor thing.
Week 1 Tasks:
- Find that spark– The idea that is big enough to spark your creative juices to write a full length novel. I have mine. One that has been itching on the edge of my brain for months. But an idea is not a story. Nor is it a plot. It’s just an idea.
- Decide on main characters– I have two characters already. I’ve started fleshing them out, learning about their back story. I hope from this I will know where to go with the story. I’m not too concerned with the minor characters at the moment. Those can come later. Is it novel worth or just a short story idea, the characters will tell me.
- Location– This is the hard part. I know where the story takes place but I think it will be in two time periods. Possibly now and the 40s.
- Rules– It’s a ghost story. So I need to cement the “rules” for ghosts. What they can and can’t do. Who becomes a ghost? Things like that. I’ve got it started and once I get to work on the plot I’ll make addictions or changes.
Those are the 4 things I need to accomplish this week. Anything else will be brownie points.
Are joining NaNoWriMo?
We have 13 days until the start of NaNoWriMo. If you missed my first post on NaNo you can read it here. In a nutshell this is what I covered:
NaNoWriMo Prep 101
- character sketch
- plot main scenes
- line up subplots
My basic pre-planning for NaNo is finished. So what do I do for the next 13 days. Lay around eating cupcakes while watching Outlander? No! There is still work to be done. Now you need to have a plan of attack to keep yourself on track.
- Make a schedule.My work schedule is different this year than last. Even though I have more “free” hours in the day, it fills up quickly. My plan is simple: have my butt in the chair from 8:30 to 10:30 every day, except weekends. On Saturdays I will attempt early morning sessions from 7-9 and Sundays will be a free for all. Sprints will be worked in between church and family events on Sunday.
- Make a calendar. On the NaNoWriMo site, they even say it helps to draw up a calendar. Each week I have a word goal. Week #1 is 1,700 words a day, each week after that I increase the word count by 1,000. I end with 2,100 on Nov. 30. If you do the math, you only need 1,667 words per day to reach 50,000 words. But Thanksgiving is right in the middle of November which means my kids are out of school for a week and I have to help cook a feast! That’s why there is a blank spot on the 25 and 26. I’m not planning on writing those days. I’ve also lowered the word goal for that Friday and Saturday. Seriously, I would have to bribe my kids with unlimited movies and candy to get the time needed to reach my original goal. Even with those adjustments, I should have a little cushion.
3. Pull out your lucky underwear. Athletes have lucky socks, and really are writer’s all that different? NaNo is the Olympics of writers. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. You get the idea. If you have a lucky mug or shirt pull it out, wash it, and get it ready to wear on Nov. 1. What ever you need to help you succeed. I’m wearing my NaNo shirt from last year, the first and so far only year that I’ve won. Not that I’m superstitious, my writing buddy is a black cat.
4. Make a nest. Chose your writing space with care and pack it full of all the supplies you will need to write your masterpiece. The less you leave the chair the easier it will be to finish. My spot is the kitchen table. Unfortunately for those that live with me, all my supplies will be stack up at the end of the table and spilling out onto unused chairs. No dinner parties or guest allowed during November! I’m not cleaning house.
5. Start writing now. If you’re like me, you’ve spent more time prepping than writing. I challenge you for the next 13 days, do a daily writing exercise. It doesn’t matter what the topic is, just get into the habit of writing during the same time you plan on writing for NaNo. Get your brain used to functioning and writing during the assigned time.
here are a few writing prompts to try:
- explain why your dog constantly barks at the same person every day.
- ways to stop your husband from snoring.
- explain who’s watching Rockwell.
- the secret life of your child’s teacher
- describe what your neighbor is really doing leaving the house at 3 every morning. It’s not work!
There you go. Five helpful tips to help you succeed with NaNo.
What’s your best tip for NaNo prep?