Refocusing on NaNoWriMo

This evening my Writer’s Group had our first meetup in preparation for National Novel Writing Month, which starts on November 1st. One of the guys, Jon Batson, successfully did it last year, so it’s nice to see that it’s not impossible… and truth be told, I’m raring to go. Because we’re not actually supposed to start writing until November 1st, I’ve been outlining instead, preparing a backstory for the world, naming and fleshing out the characters, and putting together the outline of a plot. This has been good for me; my previous attempts at longer pieces have been more along the lines of “let’s see where this idea leads”, and then attempting to wing it through several chapters without much thought as to the overall structure of the book. Heck, it’s my first novel/novella attempt where I actually know the ending in advance.

I’ve heard it said that there are two kinds of writers: the outliner, who plots everything out before hand, and the discovery writer, who makes things up as he goes. This will be my first book written from an outline, and so far I have high hopes.

2 thoughts on “Refocusing on NaNoWriMo

  1. I’m planning to attempt writing a novel for the first time this year so I’m waiting to see how far I get! I generally have imagined about ten pivotal scenes, but I seem to have difficulties actually writing an outline.

  2. Hey Jacqueline–

    Glad to see you’re doing NaNoWriMo too! I’ve got about 20-25 scenes laid out (as in, I know they’re going to happen), of which maybe 5-10 I’ve imagined in detail. For me, I think the most important part is knowing the characters and the overall arc of the story. If I know that (and I do), hopefully I can make up the rest as I go.

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