I made some big headway this week as I plan my story for National Novel Writing Month 2021. I have my protagonist sketched out. I have my plot summarized for each scene. If it were November 1st, I’d be all set.
This year I’m taking a month from my regular writing projects to write a fresh new story for NaNo. From past experience, I have found participating in NaNoWriMo is most fun when I start with brand new characters and stories.
Typically, September and October can be used to to plan a story for NaNoWriMo. In my opinion, a balance between a little planning and a little winging it make it more fun.
Some criticism about NaNoWriMo pops up from time to time. Here’s the thing: it’s not for everyone. Usually, those who don’t like it or don’t think it’s proper for the fiction writing process take their writing too seriously. I feel sorry for them.
So, if you are intrigued by the idea of National Novel Writing Month, check it out. If the thought of writing 50,000 words in one month fills you with dread, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you feel excited when you think about it, you probably are a good candidate.
If you’re participating this year, best wishes.
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- First Page Critique: Using Setting And Action To Inject Suspense
- A Layered Method for Creating Consistent Characters
- Five Tips for Writing Fiction
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I only have a couple pages of a new story started. I think I’ll do my research and outlining too, and then start again in November.
Carol, are you writing another Nathan Perry mystery?
Yes. Book three is with my publisher right now. I’m waiting on edits. I’ll be starting book four for NaNo.