Hard to believe we’re almost in November. Halloween is just around the corner, and then, bang, it’s Christmas. But in between, there’s NaNoWriMo – the fun month when writers make the ‘sane’ decision to write at least 50,000 words during the month of November.
This year I’ve put my hand up again to join in on the fun, but I’ve joined the Entangled Publishing Boot Camp for NaNoWriMo. Basically a week before the event begins, a handful of talented and wonderful editors are helping participants polish their synopsis before the race begins.
So for the past week, I’ve been nutting out the following for a brand new story:
- 1 page synopsis (plus summary of book 2 and 3 – since these are novellas)
- Elevator pitch
- Primary tropes
- For the two main characters: goal, motivation and conflict
- Inciting incident
Last year, I followed an outline, but it wasn’t as tight as it should have been. This time round, I’m going to be more prepared. Can you tell I’m not a pantser:)
Today I took the day off and shopped, baked and planted some new tomatoes in the garden. Over the weekend, I will flesh out the ‘black moment’ in the story, get to know my characters better, and break up the synopsis into chapters. So, I guess I’m going to be as ready as I can be…
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If yes, are you outlining or letting it happen during the event?