There are ABC books out there on almost every imaginable topic. Here’s an alphabet just for November novelists. Please DO leave your inner editor at home when you read this; it is extremely bad. It was an immense act of procrastination for which I will be paying all weekend!
A is Antagonist
and B is Backstory
though C could be Crisis
Creativity or Catharsis
Conflict’s the thing to keep Characters on target
D is Descriptive
so interesting and clear
but kindly remember
no dumping in here
and E is for Editor
the one we will banish
at least for November
til we need a good polish
F is Foreshadowing
and maybe for Foil
G is Gadzookery
archaic, historic and olde
H is a Heroine and maybe a Hero
together at the start
an Inciting Incident
keeps them apart
J for Just Do it!
K Keep on track
L must Love writing
and Long sleepless nights
M is for Motivation
which we must keep strong
if we’re to create a Novel
ere November’s all gone
O is for Onerosity
a price too dear ever to pay
and P is a Plot so effing good
you’ll have ne’er a worry knowing just what to say
Q is for Quitting
UN-UN!!, not an option
R is for Resolution
as in, you gotta stick to it
Then there are Setting and Sequel and Scene
but the most sought after S
is the one, let’s confess, we want most of all
and that is Success
T is for Theme, for Tone, for Twist
U’s for Unstoppable all the way to THE END
when you V for Validate your final word count
and you’re declared a W for Winner – what we all hope to be
And that brings us, at last, to X, Y and Z
X required research, but it was ever so fun!
X is for xeroflulogitis – what we all hope not to suffer while writing
Y is for You Can Do It, because, REALLY, You Can!
and Z is for Zero to 50K in 30 days
kinda like C25K, except we have something to show for it at the end!
So, there you have 26 letters, all the ingredients you need to write your very own novel. Season to taste with commas, periods, quotations, and the occasional exclamation point.
If you ever find yourself at a loss for X words, please see this entertaining and informative list published by Merriam-Webster. (retrieved 11.21.14)
And would someone please aim some anti-procrastination rays over this way…I need one of those 6,000 word sprints this weekend!