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.
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.
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.
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.
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?