Preparing for NaNoWriMo3:12 PM
Ten days until NaNo!
Basically, I wait all year for NaNo. It's by far the best month of the year. 30 days of caffeine-and-sugar-filled, sleepless, inspiration-driven madness? Bring it on. (Maybe that's just me. I take the extreme pantser approach to NaNo.)
Now, if you're somehow unaware of what NaNo is, allow me to direct you here. If you haven't already, sign up. Take the plunge. Enter the madness. Write that novel in 30 days. It's terrific fun, and a great chance to meet fellow writerly people going through the same thing. Here's my profile, do friend me and I'll friend you back and we can be NaNo pals.
Now, to the entire point of this post beyond ranting about next month!
Planning for NaNo
Spoiler alert: There's really no correct way to prepare for NaNoWriMo, and as far as I know there's no perfect method. If you know of said perfect method, please tell me. I've participated in NaNo for three years now and I still have no idea what I'm doing.
Some people like to plan. Elaborate storyboards, outlines, they've got it all. They'll plan out every scene, every character, every plot twist, even the ending, all before they even start writing. I admire these people for their dedication.
Needless to say, I am not one of those people.
I have characters, yes (and I'm really excited about them!) I have a world that, quite frankly, needs quite a bit of love, attention, and planning before I actually start writing, because setting is fairly important. I know how the story starts, and how the characters will meet, how they'll develop throughout the story, and who may or may not be killed off. *evil laughter* I even wasted two hours of my life and made a picture thingy!
|Ain't it pretty?|
I do not, however, have a plot.
|Basically the extent of my plot right now.|
Seeing as NaNo starts in ten days, this is kind of a problem. But I'm not really worried.
|Because yes, the Nine GIF was necessary.|
This year, my goal for NaNoWriMo is to be surprised. I've got a story idea of the sort that I wouldn't normally write, and I'm going to try it out, just to see what happens.
And be ready to tear my hair out from the stress of it all during about the third week
|You're welcome for the painful reminder.|
What about you? Are you participating in NaNo this year, or have you in the past? What's your method of planning for the great month of insanity? Comment below! We'll have a party.