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?
I’ve worked out a bit of a schedule for this month.
It is tight and moves all errands and things to the weekend. I’ll only write on Saturday mornings? Maybe. I have to write on one day each weekend. It allows me to work on everything but I may be spread too thin. I’m trying to approach it as a job. Hopefully, it will work.
8:20-9:45 Write NaNoWriMo project with a goal of 1,667 words per day and a week total of 10,000.
9:50-10:30 Light housekeeping
10:30-11:15 Exercise (M,W,F) Go wide with Missing Children (T,R)
12:20-1:45 work on edits for DITW
1:45- 2:15 relax/read/veg out
Wednesday night work on a story for critique group