The 10-day countdown to NaNoWriMo is underway!
This year I’m determined to hone my preparation unlike last year when I committed to NaNo at 11:00PM on October 31st. My fantasy world overhaul has officially stepped back to allow the new novel the spotlight. The map is complete and the history is in historical mothballs—for now. My first draft awaits.
My personal goal for November is to complete a full draft as opposed to the normal 50K word requirement to win. That requires preparation so I can write as efficiently as possible.
This morning I completed the first step, a synopsis/outline spanning hook to resolution that’s aligned with the story’s beats. It’s longer than expected, yet possesses wiggle room so my creativity-on-the-fly won’t be stifled. It’s all setup in Scrivener and waiting for the drafting to begin.
That isn’t to say there weren’t problems.
More than once I discovered holes in the story or other issues requiring my attention. Yet, rather than experiencing frustration I was pleased. Better to discover the snags now than in November when the unexpected will be issue enough to deal with.
I have some basic character facts established and a detailed backstory for the protagonist written, but now it’s time to turn my attention to the Character Traits and Abilities Worksheets I developed…
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