I have been prepping for the start of National Novel Writing Month and yesterday, one of my favorite writing blogs, Writers Write, posted an organizer that led to a brainstorming worksheet and 30 tips (with lots of links for other helps). From the Writers Write blog, I found some resources that are on the NaNo website. Like the Reference Desk. I never knew it was there. Rather than spending time noodling around on the internet doing research, post a question on the reference desk and another writer might have the answer. Want to know how to rig a 500 gallon propane tank for explosion? Need information on growing up in a Turkish Cypriot family in London? Need to know how to milk a cat (really?)? Post your research question and get an answer (maybe – no one seems to know how to milk a cat).
There is also a NaNo Prep page that has useful resources and lots of good sponsor offers. There are young novelist workbooks on their site, too. They are targeted to students, but I found some helpful things in the high school version. Writing buddies. I never knew there was such a thing. I found one so far. If you want to add me as a writing buddy, my NaNo name is mikeely. Or send me your name and I’ll add you to mine.
There are a lot of community NaNo happenings all over the world – all over Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe and I only scrolled a third of the way down the region page. If you like in Chicago, the Northbrook Public Library has a NaNo program. There is a Night of Writing Dangerously in San Francisco. There are several write-in opportunities in my area. I’m not sure if I’m going to do one. As I mentioned on Nancy’s post the other day, the only time I went to one in my town, the writers all had weird furry hats on shaped like animals, except the guy with the reptile on his shoulder. Not my cuppa.
Did you know Water for Elephants (Sarah Gruen) was a NaNo novel? So was The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern), Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell), THREE Marissa Meyer books, Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress.
On the personal front, I’ve gone through my outline and added more than 40 scene ideas, character sketches that need fleshed out, back stories that I need in order to have full-blown characters (i.e., Great Aunt Gertrude’s boarder who is an ex-wise guy living in backwater Bachman’s Run on the DL [with some interesting information stored in the house]), room descriptions for rooms that are used repeatedly, etc.
What are you doing to prepare?