Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Gearing up for NaNoWriMo

“Every novel should have a beginning, a muddle, and an end.” - Peter De Vries

I'm under few illusions this year -- if I win NaNoWriMo it will be a miracle. But I'm going to give it the old college try and even if I only get 25,000 words that 25,000 more than I've BEEN getting, so it'll all be good.

I spent some time last night revisiting "A Jewel for Geoff" -- My "One Love for Liv" sequel. I had *barely* started it, but knew that the conflict wasn't good and the story wasn't heading in the right direction. It needed a complete overhaul -- as in, keep the characters and ditch everything else. It's going to be my NaNoWriMo project because it's the only full length project I have planned currently.

I also did some brainstorming on it last night as I laid in bed. Thought of scenes (My favorite question to ask is: What would Geoff NEVER do? Now, how can you make him do it?), added a new conflict (actually two, but one is fairly small), and just basically let my mind think up plenty of goofiness. Not as much as will probably end up being there as I use NaNoWriMo dares (those are in the forums), but still -- it's a start.

Now, I have also been checking out a few sites that are talking about NaNo prep and thought I'd share them with you.

Routines For Writers is a site I visit regularly. But this month (with the exception of today's post) has been dedicated to NaNo prep. There is LOTS of good info there. If you have time, give it a look.

Lynn Viehl at Paperback Writer has been discussing NaNo on her blog this month as well. Every Wednesday, she's posting tips.

And if you're looking for ideas on creating characters, plotting a novel, world-building and more, you can do worse than checking out Forward Motion, a writing forum of sorts created by Holly Lisle.

Okay ... who else has some suggestions for getting ready for NaNoWriMo? I want to hear them all!

Also, feel free to add my to your list of NaNo buddies. My user ID is MarianneArkins


You Are Driven Stressed

You have a lot of stress in your life, but a lot of it is your own doing.

You put a lot of pressure on yourself. You have high standards, and you won't stop until you meet them.

You can become work and goal obsessed. You sometimes suffer from too much micromanagement.

Slow down and give yourself a break. When it comes to stress, you are your own worst enemy.

Um .. yeah.. that's pretty much right on.



MJFredrick said...

I lurve NaNo, but I don't have the time challenges you do.

I try to "bank" words each day, so that I'm ahead by the end of the week, so if something comes up (and it will)....

I'm not writing anything new until November 1, because hopefully words will pour out that day.

And I'm making the rest of my life as stress-free as possible those weeks. We'll see how THAT works out.

MomJane said...

Good luck with NaNo

Dru said...

Good luck with NaNo.

Pauline B Jones said...

Good luck with NaNo. I've never done it, but admire those who can do it.

Brandy said...

Wishing you the Best with NaNo.

You Are Emotionally Stressed
You may not have a lot of stress in your life, but you're more sensitive than most people.
You get stressed out easily, and it's hard to get rid of your worries.
Of all the types, you are the most likely to get physically sick from stress.
Consider taking up yoga, walking, or meditation. While the stress you have isn't all in your head, it can be managed.

Pretty good, which is why I try to never miss my Monday night Yoga class. *g*

I hope you have a spectacular day!

Ceri Hebert said...

Funny, I'm probably going to be doing the same thing as you-revisiting an already existing wip, but giving it a complete overhaul. Keep the main characters and the main idea of the story and ditch the rest. I'm going to make it much more of a paranormal than it was before.

If I do that one. I'm still not 100% sure because I know I have to start the sequel to That Kind of Magic soon too.

I'm Ceri Hebert if anyone wants to friend me on NaNo :)

Maria Zannini said...

Good luck, Marianne.

Hope all your words are good ones.