Tag Archive: NaNoPlanO

My Approach to NaNoWriMo

I’m going to talk a bit about my approach to Nanowrimo this year… It may be TMI? Maybe? I’m trying to share. I was talking with someone recently about how much I love Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing podcast. She’s so open and honest. (Or appears she is at least.) I like the ones where she just tells you how she’s feeling and what’s happening even more than the interviews. Like oh, she can do it, not every day…
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Plan your novel!

Now! Dammit! Or else! Plan your novel. (This is dear me, love me, you can do whatever you want.) I need to do some more planning as the end of the month looms large. Project? Easy: Jenna’s first novel, a full rewrite. (That part is hard, knowing was it is is the easy part, also reading that sentence, hard.) Pre-November steps: Make a Pinterest board (or rather add to the one I already have) Pull out and enhance physical descriptions…
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Subplots and complexities

So I know I’ve talked about the endless pushes to cut, but adding can have value too. Sometimes that value is in subplots and complexities. I think of the try-fail cycle often as I work on plotting things. These are reading about it things. Writing Excuses I love this podcast, I do keep looping back to it over and over. This discussion of pantsing talks about my favorite thing which is “yes-but/no-and.” This focuses on the try-fail cycle. Having a…
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Post Camp Nano

So we are now post Camp Nano. How did I do? Goals? My goal was to rewrite a novel. I knew it was going to need a lot of changes. But I was hoping I could focus and get the editing of it done. So that I could move forward with that series. I thought this might be a big goal, but I thought it was doable. But poorly considered… I just started a podcast. It has only been going…
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Camp NaNo

Camp NaNo is coming up soon and I’ll be using it as a chance to dig in and focus on a giant monster edit pass of the first in Jenna’s series. I know that some writers are judgey of NaNoWriMo and the NaNo camps. For me, at least, they are a good opportunity to set my focus on one project and try to carry it to completion. Doing NaNo doesn’t mean I never write for the rest of the year….
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NaNoWriMo Update 1

The first week of NaNoWriMo is nearly over. It’s time to check in on goals and update where I am. Pre-November – a little late update My outline was ok, I’m continually working and reworking it as I go. I slipped in another subplot I hadn’t written down but had foreshadowed several times so apparently it was on my mind. My on-the-go writing plan has been fairly successful. I’m using Scrivener this year, which does not have an on-the-go component….
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Bonus Goals

NaNoWriMo’s basic goal is write 50,000 words in a month. Start November 1 and write to get to that word count goal. Everything about it is focused on that number. How many words a day, how far behind are you, how far ahead etc… I’ve done that a few times and I’m ready for other goals. Nothing crazy like 100,000 words (I already have a full time job!) or counter productive like write two stories. Pre-November First Goals: Have an…
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Planning Mire

I’m mired in planning. I have entered the bog of I Have No Clue What Happens Next. My characters are mostly returning from prior book (though a couple of new ones, and a few more developed who will get more words). This should make it easier. It has not. One of the themes I currently have happening in the book, as it is half planned, is fighting apathy. Apathy is a really difficult foe. How does apathy fight back? By…
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NaNoPlanO!

Good news! I finished up my last project. It’s now siting comfortable in the To Be Edited Q. Also good news! I really like the novel that I was feeling like I ought to write the follow up to. It was good enough that as I was doing a reread to make sure I knew where I was at I got engaged with the characters, I didn’t get frustrated about the edit work (I know it needs 2-4 passes!), and…
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