- National Novel Writing Month
- One novel/ 50,000 words (200 pages) in November
How It Works
- Make a commitment
- Let go of quality, focus on quantity
- No going back and re-writing/ editing
- Discipline, focus, and endurance
Set a Goal
- Doesn’t have to be a novel
- Doesn’t have to be 50,000 words
- Stretch yourself, don’t stress yourself
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
- "October is crunch time."
- Practice: 500 words a day in October
- I use it for brainstorming/ outlining
- Affirmation, Accountability, Mentorship, Company, Competition, Free Time
- Nanowrimo.org: Word Tracker, Pep Talks, Find Local Writers, Prizes
Winning Nanowrimo: The Challenge
Winning Nanowrimo: Creating an Outline
Winning Nanowrimo: Crunchtober
Winning Nanowrimo: Gathering Support
OUTLINE #1: PLOTWhat’s your story about?
List at least ten key events that happen throughout the story
Event #1: Inciting Incident
Event #4: Reversal
Event #7: Reversal
Event #9: Climax
Event #10: Resolution
How do these events connect to each other?
Problems or Questions:
OUTLINE #2: CHARACTER
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.
OUTLINE #3: SETTINGDecide on the General Setting.
- city, suburb, or country?
- land and water
- nature: plants and animals
- buildings and man-made environments
- clothes: how does it express their culture?
- objects: what things are commonly used?
- technology, politics, religion
- how long does the story take place: days? months? years?
- any noticeable time gaps?
- clothes: how does it protect them from the elements?
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?