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Watch out Nanowrimo, here I come!

Posted at Mar 24, 2017 5:58 pm

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It’s creeping up on us. No, not the holidays, though they are on the horizon as well, but more importantly, National Novel Writing Month. Also known as November.
 
The 30 days where writers are charged/dared/encouraged to spin 50,000 words worth of a first draft of a novel. That breaks down to 1667 words per day or a bit more if you give yourself Thanksgiving Day off.
 
If you’ve never made the attempt before, 1667 words equates to around six double spaced pages. In other words, very doable.
 
If you know what’s going to happen in those six pages each day, that is.
 
And that’s why for the final two full weeks of October (the 16th through the 28th), we here at the Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal RWA Chapter are going to get you ready. Here’s how we’ll do it:
 
Monday, Oct 16th — Answering questions about genre, total length of the book in regards to the NANOWRIMO (let’s face it, most FF&P style tales are longer than 50,000 words), whether the goal is to finish a work in progress or start something new, jot down brief scene ideas, decide on POVs, and basic stuff like that.
 
Wednesday, Oct 18th – Hire on staff – the characters. Build the main characters’ backstories, build their sidekicks/friends/family, do physical descriptions. Do goals or challenges they will have in the story.
 
Friday, October 20th – Build the world. Even if the story takes place in the present, if it has elements like magic or space travel or altered history (like Steampunk does), world building is necessary. Even if you have sorted this out already, going over it will insure it’s ready for you to write into being.
 
Monday, October 23rd – Create a loose synopsis to follow. Check it for physical action sequences, making sure each tops the previous one. Think of this as a storyboard for a movie production.
 
Wednesday, October 25th – Begin breaking things into scenes that can match up to 1667 to 2000 words segments to write each day. Come up with a chapter breakdown plan.
 
Friday, October 27th – Look everything prepared over. What research elements might you still need to find? Collect them now through the 31st so you’re ready to go on November 1st.
 
And, of course, if you’re stuck for an idea or working out a problem in the scenario, that’s what we’re here to help with! All you have to do is ask!
 
 
 

About the Presenter, Beth Daniels, aka Beth Henderson, J.B. Dane, Nied Darnell:

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Beth Daniels is the author of 29 published romances in various niches as Beth Henderson, Lisa Dane and Beth Cruise. As J.B. Dane she writes fantasy and mystery, particularly urban fantasy. When mixing her BA in History with heavy doses of imagination, she becomes Nied Darnell for Steampunk and Gaslamp fantasy. She has done the NANO competition numerous times and has found that each time there is something she forgot to plan ahead of time which results in a stumbling block along the way. However, she’s sorted things out enough times to meet or surpass the 50,000-word goal. The breakdown of elements to pre-think during this 2-week workshop are the result of what she now knows to do before hand for a smooth month of writing.


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