NaNoPlanMo – Day 6
Take some time today to think more about What If questions. You can take them a step further by first thinking about your chosen genre. Ask yourself, what is expected from this genre? You could say, if mystery is your thing, that it is expected that you’ll know whodunit by the end of the book. Then turn this around and ask, what if the opposite were true? What if the mystery remained at the end? Delve into the expected and the unexpected in order to uncover fresh new ideas and directions for your characters and the shape of your novel.
If you are giving the snowflake method a try, where are you in your planning? I’ve only gotten through the first two steps and a little of step three. So far I like my characters, but they need a lot more meat on their bones.
Following is a look at a great NaNo resource. (Hint: it’s great because it IS NaNo.)
There are so many resources out there to help with planning your novel and others that help you arrange your life so that you cross the finish line by November 30th. The best starting place is the NaNoWriMo website. It’s their raison d’etre after all.
Here a peek at a handful of items from the NaNo Prep page.
You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram. They are also on Facebook and you will likely find pages for your local municipal NaNo organization.
There are helpful articles, forum discussions, videos, and podcasts; you’re sure to find something that is exactly the thing you’re looking for.
Here’s an upcoming webcast.
Thursday, October 11
NaNo Prep Webcast: How to Write a Novel This November
WhenThu, October 11, 1pm – 2pm
Join the live webcast event.
Join some of the folks at NaNoWriMo HQ for a webcast designed to prepare you for writing a novel this November! We’ll be pulling some noveling, outlining, and prepping prompts and activities from tried-and-true NaNo resources, as well as making up some fun new ones. Come write with a community of your fellow Wrimos and get ready to discover your story this fall!
For more NaNo Prep resources: https://nanowrimo.org/nano-prep
This webcast is sponsored by Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/
), a supporter of NaNoWriMo.
Depending on where you live, you can find writer-friendly resources and groups in your community. Library-sponsored NaNo workshops and programs are out there as well as other groups and organizations in the public sector. Finding a community is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I have a Come Write In group that meets year round. We aren’t always working on a novel, but we still discuss writing issues and keep our writing a priority. One member of the group thought up a really clever name for us. We call ourselves We Might be Writers and we’ve set up our own group on FB. They’re my people and they’re like family to me after meeting for the past three or four years. I count them one of the better things in life.