NANOWRIMO began yesterday. NANOWRIMO is an acronym for National Novel Writing Month. I have participated in the challenge since 2007 and am already a day behind. Which isn't good for me, but good for you. Today I want to share some mistakes I've made in the past NANOWRIMOs, so that you won't make them. In return, I ask you to help keep me on pace. Be my accountability partner, if you will.
- Plot your novel before you start. The first time I participated in NANOWRIMO I thought I would write as I go, then I got bogged down with a plot point gone bad around Day 7. Save yourself the unnecessary drama plot ahead.
- If you don't have a plot yet, here's a skeleton you can create in thirty minutes or less. Click here to get my Plot Point Quick Do.
- Compartmentalize your book by weeks.
- week 1 - the beginning & the inciting incident, setting up your story. 50 pages
- week 2 - the journey- and the motivation change,. 50-100 pages
- week 3- the black moment(gut check, route of real problem the main character is finally aware of, but it is too late,) climax (what we've been waiting to happen from the beginning) 100-150 pages
- week 4 - the reversal,resolution and conclusion 150 - 200 pages