NanoWriMo Prep

It is October 12 and I am behind on my NanoWriMo plans for November.

Originally I wasn’t going to participate in NanoWriMo this year, but about two weeks ago, as I drove to school I thought about how much I loved it last year and how badly I wanted to get back to writing.

So here we are.

Before I can start writing on November 1, I have to get some stuff mapped out. To be honest though, there are a couple of things I have to do beforehand.

With that said, here is a quick list of a few things that I have to do before I can start my 50,000 words.

– Reread

I started a story last year that I really enjoyed writing and I continued writing through December and a bit of January. I plan to add to this story because it still has so much that needs to be done to it and I would like to complete it before I decide if I hate it or not. So, in preparation for November, I need to reread what I wrote last year before I can start doing anything.

– Plan

Something that I’ve worked on a bit over the last year is writing scenes within a single act. It’s been helpful in developing a story and keeping it well organized and not just a rambling of information. I need to take what I’ve learned and apply it to the newer acts that I’ll be adding.

– Research

My NanoWriMo story focuses on life after an apocalypse. In order to effectively write a story like this, I need to get back to researching some of the key components to how people would survive in extreme situations and how an apocalypse would even come about.

– Reevaluate

I need to go back and look at my characters a little more deeply. I don’t want surface level characters with basic relationships, and as it’s been nearly a year since I last touched this story, I’m concerned with how developed my characters were/weren’t.

Are you participating in NanoWriMo? What do you need to work on preparing?


21 thoughts on “NanoWriMo Prep

  1. I’ve been working on my notes for my NaNoWriMo story this year as well. It has changed a lot since my initial idea so I hope that I can work out exactly what I’m doing with it before the 1st. My initial core cast of six has dropped to four and I’ve cut the entire first act. Hopefully can get it all worked out in the next couple weeks. Good luck!

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  2. Such a a daring challenge! You are so courageous and I cannot wait to read the novel. I have so many ideas for novels in my head, but as always happens to writers I have ideas but I am afraid of moving from the brainstorming phase to the first draft phase because I suffer fro a gnawing perfectionism. Maybe, the NaNoWriMo will help me with that. Thank you so much for sharing the challenge!

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  3. I’m in the same boat as you–I’m completely behind on my prep work! I typically do a ton of prewriting stuff, just to get a better feel for my characters/setting/etc, mostly in the form of notes, lists, character sketches, and a massive outline. Since I’m on a time crunch, I may cut a few corners in the prep phase this year and just hope for the best. Good luck with all of your NaNo planning, and happy writing!

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  4. I really should be more of a planner, but I’m not. I’m somewhere around planster…I still have to settle in on one story topic and then write an outline…I should probably also try and get to know my characters too… SO MUCH TO DO (which means I’ll probably do none of it and Nov 1st will be surprise this is what’s happening day)! GOOD LUCK!

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  5. I love returning to old stories. I used to get frustrated when I’d hit walls and just start something entirely new. It recently occurred to me that those stories aren’t permanently unfinished.. they’re just waiting for me. I’m picking one back up for this Nanowrimo. Happy writing!


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