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smiley09.gif posted on 5-28-2009 at 06:57 PM
A Newbie Question about Planning


As this is my first time participating in a WriMo, I have a quick question to ask of some the successful veterans of this forum:

Since we're coming up on the end of May and our WriMo starts in just a little over a month (Eeek!), how might June best be used to prepare? In other words, what kind of/level of outlining or other kinds of preparation has helped you to be as expedient as possible in past NaNo, JulNos, or otherwise?

I ask this in the (probably vain) hope that if I prepare as thoroughly as possible, I won't lose steam as easily. ;)

Thanks in advance for your help!
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[*] posted on 5-28-2009 at 11:52 PM


I plan extensively normally, but I know that structure really hinders a lot of fast writing, so might I suggest something that I tried for NaNo 2008?

Think about your plot and then come up with thirty [for July, thirty-one would also work] plot points to take you from the very beginning all the way to the very end of the novel. It will be vague, but at the same time, you know exactly how your characters are going to get from cover to cover. Each day, write one of these points until the end of the month. If you know you're going to miss a day, write half of it on the day before and half of it the day after the missed day.

It worked out really well for me, even though I usually plan extensively. Last NaNo was the first and only time I've ever finished a novel from cover to cover in a month, so I'm pretty much a great advocate of this method. [:

Other than that -- get to know your characters. Even if you lose your plot, if you know your characters, you can throw them into anything and still keep going.




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smiley11.gif posted on 5-29-2009 at 06:03 PM


Ah, thanks so much for the advice, Erin. :D

That sounds like an effective way to plot out the novel and move from point to point in an expedient fashion. Do you find that these points end up becoming a complete chapter or does it vary?




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[*] posted on 5-29-2009 at 07:50 PM


For me it varied. For example, the first ten points that I wrote for Faded Sunsets were:

1. Castle intro / training
2. Crowning ceremony / theft
3. Fight scene [chase Eulyceans]
4. Kiana stranded alone
5. Goes to town -- finds it destroyed and builds an army from the people that are left
6. Digs around and learns Prince is kidnapped
7. Kiana investigates theft
8. Hunts out "spy" [fight?]
9. Captures head of Eulycean army for ?? -- he escapes
10. Secret section from POV of *CENSOR*; talking about energy crystal.

Sorry for the censor, lol. I don't want to spoil my ENTIRE book, lol. But from there [my book is so very vaguely based on that stuff, btw. It kind of shocked me just now typing that and going "what? how did x evolve from THAT?!], I pulled six chapters. Point 1 = chapter one and point 10 = chapter six. Those are the only two that became entire chapters on their own from this section. The book in total ended up with fourteen chapters + an epilogue after editing [originally 12 chapters + epilogue]... so it's really variable and depends how you make the list. [:




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[*] posted on 6-27-2009 at 10:13 PM


Oh, this is great. I make the same type of lists and this is my first big novel writing experiance so I know I'm doing something at least kind of right.
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