It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to get ready to NaNo. Next month is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is a “fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.” It starts on November 1 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Participants attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in that timeframe. I’ve done it several times and was actually successful last year. After November and my 50,000 word success, I kept working on the book for a month or so, then life interrupted and I haven’t gotten back to it at all.
I plan to NaNo again this year, but I’m thinking I’m going to edit instead of write. If I force myself to edit a scene a day, I should get back into my story and back into the habit of writing. If, between now and November 1, I have a brainstorm for a new story idea, maybe I’ll write instead.
For those of you who plan to NaNo, I’ll share some of my usual prep work. I look for organizers, brainstorming sheets, writing ideas, tips, etc., to provide ideas and motivation. Here are some I’ve used in the past and some I just found:
I found some resources that are on the NaNo website. There is a NaNo Prep page that has useful resources. They start their prep calendar with developing a story idea between September 9 and 13. That ship sailed, as did the create complex characters and contruct a detailed plot. This week is build a strong world time. All of these steps are included in the NoNo Prep 101 workbook, too. And there is a blog. Sadly, the reference page went away last year. It was a page that had questions for writers to shortcut research, like, what kind of poison works fastest, do cats always land on their feet when they fall, and how big was the back seat of an Edsel. Fascinating Q and A.
Writers Write (one of my favorite writing blogs) posted an organizer a number of years ago that some might find helpful which lead to a brainstorming worksheet and 30 tips (with lots of links for other helps).
One year, I followed the community NaNo happenings and I’m sure there will be lots of write-in opportunities in my area (the blog for my region already has postings for it). I’m not sure if I’m going to do any of them. 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.
Do you plan to NaNo? How do you prep for it?