This is my first day of NaNoWrMo. I finished 2032 words of a new novel. The challenge is to continue at this pace for the next 25 to 29 days. I started writing and found myself comfortable to go beyond my goal of 1700 words.
Today was easy by my standards because I used The Story Toolkit written by Susan Bischoff to create an outline. Kait Nolan recommended it in her blog http://kaitnolan.com/2016/10/04/the-story-toolkit/. I bought it and the workbook. This gave me access to the pdf version of the workbook. I downloaded and printed a copy.
I haven’t filled in all 65 pages I printed but enough to know the plot points, the pinch points, the climax and denouement. I may not create a scenes list or the cast of characters pages since I am writing the book as the challenge.
I recommend The Story Toolkit for anyone thinking of writing a novel.
Are you active in NaNoWrmo? Let me know you are progressing by leaving a comment.
I don’t have it in me for the challenge this year, but I’ll check out the book recommendation. Thanks and good luck. Great start!
So glad the kit worked for you!
Me also. Only 4500 words in and feel I understand where the story needs to go. Strange feeling. Hope I continue to have it.
I’m using a book and workbook written by Donald Maass, called “Writing the Breakout Novel.” No shame in getting help, I think. And boy do I need it. It was recommended by Jonathan Maberry during last year’s NaNoWriMo, during an interview (it is still on the NaNo web-site if your interested). Keep up the good work Dwane!
I will check it out. I use Susan’s this time at recommendation of Kait Nolan. Also read and follow K.M. Weiland blog and her books on outlining and story structure. Good material all over. A bit too much to keep track of. I also follow Kristen. There are others like Marcy Kennedy and, heck, I forget how many books on writing I have on my Kindle.
Later. Keep writing!!
See you at the next sprint!
I have commitments most evenings except Wednesday which I devote time around 7:30 est to Earnie’s sprint pals. But I do drop in now and then on weekends.