Wow, it is already that time of the year…it’s Camp NaNoWriMo time! April is just around the corner so it is time to start prepping your outline or whatever it is you need to do in order to participate in the first round of Camp NaNoWriMo. In this post I will be giving some tips when it comes to writing out your outline, probably the most important part of writing a novel.
Tips for Outlining:
When it comes to outlining my biggest tip is to not stress too much about, because I know that when I outline, I get caught up in making it perfect. It is important to make sure you get everything in your head out on paper so that you know what to write, but it is also important to not get caught up in it. Outline what you need to outline and don’t go overboard. You have until April 1st to outline and if you start now, you will be more than ready for Camp NaNo!
- Know Your Theme + Thesis – This is really important because if you don’t know the point of you story and what you are trying to convey, then it will be difficult to write it well. When it is polished enough to be read by others, having a clear theme and thesis will make it easier to understand not just for you, but for everyone.
- Secondary Characters – If you are having trouble coming up with events for your story, make sure your secondary characters are fleshed out just as well as your main characters. Having detailed and 3D secondary characters will open up the possibility of using your secondary characters’ motives as events that take place later in the story. Maybe they are hiding something dark that will change the course of your other characters’ lives…the possibilities are endless! The point is, having as many options for events to take place in your story will make outlining a lot easier.
- Know More Than You Show – When it comes to every aspect of a story (world, characters, plot, etc) YOU, as the writer, should always know the most. Have backgrounds of all your characters, and the history of your world, even if most of it will not make it on to your pages, it will allow you to write a better, and more in depth story.
Remember, the more you plan and outline, the smoother your Camp NaNo experience will be. I used to think I could just pants stories (meaning I could just sit down with an idea and write thousands and thousands of words about it without a problem) but now that I have been in the writing world for a while longer, I realize that I don’t want to spiral down that hole of unfinished stories. So, make sure you plan and plan a lot!
That is all for this Camp NaNo prep post and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: My Writing Bullet Journal!
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