NaNoWriMo 2017 Prep #1

It is October! Which not only means fall, warm drinks and Halloween, but also prep month for NaNoWriMo. If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about when I say “NaNoWriMo” then check out a blog post I wrote last week called “NaNoWriMo”. Anyways, in this blog post I will be taking about getting that idea for your story. Since I did an entire posts on writing prompts last week, I won’t give too many today but if you are in need of some inspiration check out that post!

The Idea

All stories begin with a single idea. It may not be a good idea at first and it probably is a very simple idea, but it is an idea that gets us excited and our creative mind whirling. Ideas come from all around too! They can come to us in a long walk, or in the shower, or even from another story. The point is, is that if you look around long enough something will eventually come to you. When I have some trouble coming up with an idea, I like to hit up Pinterest and check out there writing prompts because I always leave with a spark of an idea!

Here is a summary of what I said in some key points, because these key points will be essential when coming up with “the idea”:

  • Ideas come from anywhere and everywhere
  • Doing an activity where your mind is allowed to wander helps provoke ideas (a walk, a shower, etc)
  • Don’t be afraid to look at other stories for inspiration! (Just don’t completely copy someone else’s idea…)

Remember though, not every idea is a good idea, so if you think you found the “magic” idea and it doesn’t work out…don’t be too hard on yourself! There is an endless supply of ideas for stories, and you have only just begun to scratch the surface whether you have never written a story in your life, or have written a hundred.

Motivation

Whether you have just started planning your story, or are close to the end of writing it, motivation is something every writer struggles with. Even if you absolutely love your idea and your story and your characters, it doesn’t mean you have your doubts at time. For every prep post I do, I will add a little motivation section towards the end, to remind you to just keep writing! I will be including some inspirational quotes, as well as some tips and tricks to stay motivated.

You only fail if you stop writing – Ray Bradbury 

I’m not a very good writer, but I am an excellent rewriter – James Michener 

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on – Louis L’Amour 

That is all for my first NaNoWriMo prep blog and I hope you enjoyed. Stay tuned for my upcoming prep posts and also check out my last blog post: 25 Inspirational Writing Prompts!

 

 

NaNoWriMo Prep #1

It is October which means it is time to plan out that story that you’ve had in mind and get ready to write! I personally  like to start planning out my characters because my writing is very character driven, so that is what I am going to be covering in my NaNoWriMo Prep today. If you have no idea what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and is basically an event online where you are challenged to write 50,000 words in only 1 month. It takes place every November and whether you win or lose it is still a great, eye opening experience!

Things to Ask Yourself When Creating a Character:

What does my character look like?

Where is my character from?

What does my character like/hate to do?

What are my character’s fears and flaws?

What are the personality traits of my character?

What makes my character who they are?

What are my character’s goals and hopes?

These questions definitely get you started on creating a 3D character but make sure you search up some more questions to ask you/your character or even make some up yourself that you think are relevant to your story and character.

The next thing you are going to want to do is put your characters in different situations and write how they would react. TIP: Make sure you are answering as your character and not YOU. Here are a few prompts:

Your character is forced to choose between saving the world or their best friend. What would they do? How would they deal with the consequences?

Your character’s friends are making plans to skip last block. Would your character skip? If they do skip what would they do?

Your character is mugged on the streets. What would they do?

When it comes to creating a character, you want to make sure they have a backstory, even if you don’t bring it up in your story. You need to dive deep into their lives and explain why they are they way they are, what their childhood was like, any problems they have had, and really just every little detail you can cover. This makes your character more 3D rather than 2D.

I really hope you found these tips in creating a great character helpful and I hope you are all as excited for NaNoWriMo as I am! Keep your eyes opened for my next NaNoWriMo Prep in the next few days 🙂