Everyone is getting totally hyped about NaNoWriMo which begins in just 5 days, and I’m no exception. I’m taking part for the first time this year and whilst I’m excited about the whole process, it’s quite a daunting task to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. So, how do we adequately prepare?
Plotting and planning, that’s how.
When I wrote my first novel, I wrote a basic story synopsis, a few details about the main characters and chapter outlines. Trouble is, once I started writing, my chapter outlines sort of went out the window and I found my story just had a momentum all of its own. Consequently, it ended up longer than I anticipated yet I don’t see this as a problem. You see, I didn’t have a deadline or a set word count so it didn’t matter. Taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge is a whole new situation.
To achieve the 50,000 word count in 30 days means an average of 1667 words per day and that will take some serious preparation.
So here’s what I’m going to do.
First off, I’ve downloaded some really cool software from one of the NaNoWriMo sponsors called Write Way. This is only a demo version, but the features it contains will be invaluable in helping to prepare, plot and plan and I’m going to use it to full effect.
Having decided on my theme (which is a complete departure from my novel) and probably the most important thing to do, I’m now plotting the story trying to focus in on how it will develop through to its conclusion.
My next step will be planning each chapter so that the story doesn’t get away from me.
Finally, I’m going to design my key characters and do my worldbuilding so that when we get to the starting line, I’m as prepared as I can be.
So, how are you going to prepare? Have you got any tips you’d like to share? I’d love to hear how your preparations are going and if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, I wish you the very best of luck!