NaNoWriMoPrep: The Anatomy Of A Novel Part V: The Outline

Happy Halloween! Which means tomorrow is #NaNoWriMo. Oh my. Remember to breathe!  This is the last installment of NaNoWriMo prep. I actually did mine over the weekend, but there’s still enough time for tonight. The last thing to do – is the dreaded outline!  I actually break down my concept, close my eyes, think about it scene by scene and write it down.  Continue reading

NaNoWriMoPrep: The Anatomy Of A Novel Part IV: Expanding the Big Idea

We’re only 6 days away from NaNoWriMo. Are you getting nervous yet? I know I am. I have a book dropping mid-November that I have to promote every day. I have edits of another book I’m working on, I’ve got my job which keeps me busy and two kids which keep me even busier than that. Whew. How am I ever going to find time to write a novel?

This is exactly why I’m preparing as much as I can in advance so I can just be in the flow and not think about it. So far we’ve gone over generating ideas, worldbuilding and producing characters that have some life to them. I’ve made 6 character sheets myself, and anticipate at least 4 perspectives out of this book. So what next? Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Prep: The Anatomy Of A Novel Part III

Hello there, NaNoWriMo enthusiast! Whether you’re writing, thinking of writing, or just interested in how these books are made, you’ve made it to Part III of my Anatomy of a Novel blog series. This step is going to be the first part where I’m actually going to be doing the work along with anyone else at this point, as I’d had plans for parts I and II for awhile now.

This part is about defining your characters. Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Prep: The Anatomy Of A Novel Part II

Welcome to the second part of our NaNoWriMo series: The Anatomy of A Novel!

Last time, on this blog, I mentioned that the next step would be to create some characters to play around in our idea and make a story go.

But we’re not ready to do that yet. Before we can get to a character and who he or she is, we need to figure out a little about the world they live in. Culture, technology, religion, politics, sports teams (especially sports teams. If you are an LA Kings fan, you may stop reading this blog now.), can dictate a lot about who we are and how we make our decisions.  That informs our characters.  Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Prep: The Anatomy Of A Novel Part I

After my last post, I received a question asking: how much prep can you really do for NaNoWriMo? And that’s a really good question.  I’m aware that there’s different types of writers out there, some people just write and go, letting the flow take them where it needs to. This really isn’t for a writer more in that camp.

I, like most people, have limited time. So I have to plan my writing. I may get 30 minutes here, an hour there, and I need to make sure that is maximized if I’m going to hit goals. NaNoWriMo isn’t the hardest goal to hit, as it breaks down to about 1,667 words per day, which I do pretty regularly, but if you miss a few days or get stuck, it can be overwhelming to catch up.

I plan a bit ahead of time so I don’t have to worry about what I’m writing, I just have to execute what I already intended on doing.

Which brings me to part one of my Anatomy Of A Novel series: Where Do Ideas Come From? Continue reading