Monday, 28 October 2013

Preparing for NaNoWriMo


Having had a productive weekend finalising my fourth draft of my children's fantasy novel Thorde, I am beginning work on honing my synopsis and covering letter in readiness for sending out to agents.

I have just entered the first 10,000 words of my crime novel The Pall Bearer, a synopsis and a short author biography into the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition.

This leaves my planning for this round of NaNoWriMo.  For those of you that don't know, NaNoWriMo is a challenge set every November to write a 50k novel.  This equates to an average of 1,666 words per day during the month and requires the self-discipline of keeping writing when your self-editor wants to constantly go back and alter what you have written.

I have taken part in NaNoWriMo before, the first year my computer died at just over 20k words (nightmare) and last year I managed just over 35k.  I may not have won the challenge but I have two chunky manuscripts to work on off the back of it.

When you join the challenge NaNoWriMo send you helpful hints, planning information (including local events where you can meet fellow writers and on-line forums where you can speak to your fellow writers) and encouragement to help you towards your goal.

As I took the 'pantser' approach the two years previously, I am trying to be more productive this year by taking the time to plan ahead. This year I am going to write an inspired-by-true-events novel that has definite comedy elements, currently entitled Space Cake.  So far in my planning I have worked out my plot points in 1-3 sentences (including the inciting incident, turning points and darkest moment), a background for my characters (including character arc for the three main protagonists) and plot-planned out the story events in chronological order.

Fingers crossed for third time lucky.

If you wish to 'friend' me on NaNoWriMo by becoming writing buddies or check out my short synopsis and excerpt from Space Cake, I am YorkshireBelle.


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