Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Six – The Big Outline

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Six – The Big Outline Woo-Hoo, it’s Big Outline time! Alright, now we’re ready for the fun part, right?  Writing that in-depth Big Outline!  For some this is a wonderful moment (hooray!), for others it fills them with dread.  Don’t worry, those of you who are scared of this step; I’ll guide you through. First things first, gather everything you’ve done so far. Research, Voice Journals, Chain of Causality, Short Plot […]

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Seven – Business End of Things

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Seven – Business End of Things   Silly You! You were surprised I have one more preparation step, weren’t you? If you’re thinking, “Hey, I did all of those other steps and I have a killer outline. I’m ready for NaNoWriMo already!” then bear with me while I explain the importance of having one more step.  The business end of writing is important.  But this isn’t the business work you are […]

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Five – Research

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step Five – Research   You’d think you’d be ready to write the in-depth summary after Four Steps, but there’s one more step: Research. When I say research (anyone else get a headache when they hear that word?), I’m not telling you to spend the next eight years researching every single topic you might encounter in your story. Nope. This is a different kind of research.  You no longer need to feel […]

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step One – The Idea

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Step One – The Idea It’s NaNoWriMo Time Again! One of the greatest months of the year writers can be November.  We get excited – giddy even – and start loudly proclaiming that it’s NaNoWriMo time, like it’s Christmas all month long.  Why?  Because we can set everything aside and fully concentrate on writing, hammering out that first draft at the speed of lightning.  Others give us looks like we are crazy, […]