With one foot in the fantasy world.

Prepping for NaNoWriMo!

Where am I in this task of preparing for NaNoWriMo?  Well, considering that I didn’t know what I
was going to do on the 1st of the month, I have moved along slowly but with promise.

Last week I mentioned I’m taking a class with Susan Merier, who by the way has written over 50 published books.  I figure she has a handle on getting those
words down and into a story form.  So, the first week we had to come up with a story summary in the form of a
paragraph or a sentence.  Well, at first I thought that was pretty lame since I didn’t have an idea of what I was going to write.  Then the rush of the assignment and the time element moved my brain to do amazing feats.  I started with the one sentence, the elevator pitch.  My thought was that it’s easier to write one sentence about something you don’t know squat about than a
paragraph.  And it was and it wasn’t.  But, from that one sentence, I came up with a story idea and then went on to the paragraph.  Bit by bit the story started to emerge.  There were big holes in the story and they
needed filling.

This week in the class we did an assignment called a ‘list of 20.’  It’s an exercise where you ask a
question related to your story and the more specific the better.  Then you let your creativity go wild to
answer the question and there is no right or wrong answers.  The point of the exercise is that after twenty answers you will find two or three gems that will kick your story out of its stuck mode or in a completely unexpected direction.  Neat.

I took it further, as Susan said I made the exercise my own, from the list other questions popped up
in my mind and more answers came into the forefront. This continued until the list was gigantic.  The holes were filling up.  Mind you, I don’t have the exact inciting incident or the plot points or the realization yet.  That’s what I will be working on the next two weeks, as well as a list of scenes. Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock!

What is your method of preparing for the great write in November?



2 responses

  1. I love the exercise. Sounds like a creative way to problem solve when you get stuck. Thanks for the tip. Good luck with NaNo.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:45 am

    • Chris,
      Thanks. Are you doing NaNo? Love to know what you do to get unstuck.

      October 16, 2011 at 1:19 am

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