Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Prepping for NaNoWriMo


The Muse Online Writers Conference recently ended. There were many workshops to choose from to help you be a better writer. The workshops were also helpful for NaNoWriMo participants. Some of these workshops included topics such as: research, dialogue, characters, tension, creating fantasy worlds, and point of view. (Mark your calendar for next year’s conference, which is October 7-13. http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/)

Some of the things I have been doing to get ready for NaNoWriMo:
 
-Writing down ideas for my novel/outlining for my novel/outlining

-Cutting photos from magazines

-Downloading lists and forms from various writing websites 

-Downloading novel writing software

-Talking to my writers group 

-Stocking up on food, beverages, and lots of chocolate 

-Making homemade meals to fill the freezer 

-Perusing books on fiction writing 

I also have a zippered binder filled with paper, pockets, dividers, etc., where I keep hard copies of anything I want to save. It’s my story bible (something I learned at the Muse Online Writers Conference last year). 

Will I make the 50K word minimum before the deadline? Will I survive NaNoWriMo? Will I write a best-selling novel?

How about you? 

What are you doing to prepare for NaNoWriMo? 

Debbie A. Byrne has a B.S. in Mass Communication with a minor in History. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is currently working on her first children’s book.



6 comments:

  1. Those are great tips! I'm not participating this year, but could have used your advice the last time when I did.

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  2. Debbie, great tips. I haven't jumped in yet and won't be this year either. But, one of these years . . .

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  3. Some very helpful suggestions Debbie. I think it's all in the prep. I can't participate at the moment (kids still too young), but one day I most certainly will as I think it's a great way to take massive action on the WIP.

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  4. I recommend attending the Muse. I got alot out of it last year, but was not thinking about NaNoWriMo at the time. This year, I attended to help me prepare for the event. I just read a post on another blog today about getting ready for NaNoWriMo. Some people just wing it, but I wanted to do something in advance. And I should have less grocery shopping to do!

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  5. And I should add that Karen and Maggie have taught workshops at the Muse conference.

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  6. Hi Debbie,

    Good luck and you should do brilliantly with such good prep tips. Thanks for sharing.

    I did three years, completed once but was so tired and washed out afterwards that I haven't tried again.

    Shall may be aim for a 10,000 total this year just to move me along...Back to Muse Conference notes...

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