NaNoWriMo season is underway and I couldn’t be more prepared if I lived in a friggin’ Barnes & Noble! This year, I’ve got my kitchen stocked to the ceiling with delicious and healthy snacks, treats, and drinks; I’ve got my motivational accouterments scattered about my office; and I’ve got every app, song, and inspirational piece of work I’ll need to keep myself strung out on word juice for the next thirty days.
I conduct my character interviews in two parts: 1) an author’s perspective where I answer on behalf of my characters, and 2) a character perspective where they answer on behalf of themselves, and – believe you me – it’s the character’s answers that provide the most substance!
This Preptober season, give yourself the treat of NaNoWriMo confidence with The Ultimate Preptober Checklist, your guide to researching and plotting and organizing your next novel.
Writing a novel takes a lot of work, anywhere from one month (if luck will out) to a year or more, so it’s no wonder writers are often left wondering if the concept they have in mind is even worth their time. Been there, harassed myself over that! From now on, I want an easy way to know for sure, after one day’s worth of work, whether or not my concept is worth pursuing, and so I’ve created the BRILLIANT strategy: three steps to deciding whether or not my crazy story concepts are worth my time.
I had made the same CLASSIC mistake that almost all of us new novelists make (unless you have a college degree in Creative Writing and you happen to be more honest towards your writing than Spock was to Captain Kirk): I clung to sentences, paragraphs, chapters, and characters that/who didn’t belong in my story.
There’s nothing worse than finishing your first novel and finding out from your beta readers that the entire plot is predictable AF. It almost feels like there’s no coming back from that. Like, the amount of work it would take to recreate your plot into a sensational piece of work would be an unbearable misery you couldn’t possibly endure.
My beta readers all loved one character in particular when they read through my first novel, but if it weren’t for a moment of being mentally blocked (and bitter at the amount of effort it was taking to write my first book), I wouldn’t have explored that character at all.
After all the hard work you’ve put into creating such interesting characters, how much do you actually know about them?
Coming up with intricate story arcs that keep the reader guessing and wanting more can seem daunting when you sit down to write your outline. Literally anything is possible, so how do you go about choosing the best twists for your story arcs?
Push your creative self as far as you’ll venture with the Story Mapper Challenge + you’re sure to find a storyline worth pursuing!
If you’re curious whether or not your story concept has the clout to go the distance, now’s your chance to prove its worth.
Use these brainstorming tactics to ensure that whichever story concept you decide to dedicate time to is fully capable of fulfilling its mission of becoming a finalized novel.
Read the seven rookie mistakes I found – and sometimes continue to discover – myself stumbling into time and again and my best advice on how to avoid them.