Saturday, October 3, 2015

Winning Nanowrimo: Summing it Up

What is Nanowrimo?
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • One novel/ 50,000 words (200 pages) in November
Nano calander

How It Works
  • Make a commitment
  • Let go of quality, focus on quantity
  • No going back and re-writing/ editing
  • Discipline, focus, and endurance
Office Worker with Mountain of Paperwork

Set a Goal
  • Doesn’t have to be a novel
  • Doesn’t have to be 50,000 words
  • Stretch yourself, don’t stress yourself
set and reach goal concept

Think of a Reward
  • Tangible: Not "the satisfaction of writing a novel."
  • Motivator during tough times
  • Achievement or effort?
  • Multiple rewards? Daily? Weekly? Milestones?
  • You need to celebrate

 Make a Plan
  • Where and when do you best write?
  • Can you adapt if conditions aren't ideal?
  • How efficient are you at writing?
  • How can you fit writing into your schedule?
  • What sacrifices will you need to make?

Create an Outline
  • Brainstorm ideas for novel
  • Organize ideas into a logical sequence
  • Doesn't have to be permanent: go off script
  • Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
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  • "October is crunch time."
  • Practice: 500 words a day in October
  • I use it for brainstorming/ outlining

Gather Support
  • Affirmation, Accountability, Mentorship, Company, Competition, Free Time
  • Word Tracker, Pep Talks, Find Local Writers, Prizes
writer group
Previous Posts

Winning Nanowrimo: The Challenge
Winning Nanowrimo: Creating an Outline
Winning Nanowrimo: Crunchtober
Winning Nanowrimo: Gathering Support

What’s your story about?

List at least ten key events that happen throughout the story

Event #1: Inciting Incident
Event #2
Event #3
Event #4: Reversal
Event #5
Event #6
Event #7: Reversal
Event #8
Event #9: Climax
Event #10: Resolution

How do these events connect to each other?

Problems or Questions:


Ask your main characters the following questions:

What do they look like? (Age, gender, important physical qualities)
Who/ what do they love/ hate? (Stakes)
What do they desire? (Motivation)
What do they fear? (Obstacle)
What do they believe in? (Theme)
What is their background/ history? (Depth)
What is their greatest secret? (Surprise)

Don’t forget to come up with an antagonist.

Decide on the General Setting.

Physical Landscape
  • city, suburb, or country?
  • land and water
  • nature: plants and animals
  • buildings and man-made environments
Era/ Culture
  • clothes: how does it express their culture?
  • objects: what things are commonly used?
  • technology, politics, religion
Time Frame
  • how long does the story take place: days? months? years?
  • any noticeable time gaps?
Seasons/ Weather
  • clothes: how does it protect them from the elements?
  • holidays
  • dangers
Try to come up with 3 Specific Places

Room, house, café, train, fort, spaceship, forest, etc.
What objects do you see? How might the hero use them?
How might this setting help advance the plot?

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