I’m blessed to be in a writing group with some other clergywomen, and also blessed that we don’t have to write about church things in order to share them with each other. They had some great basic advice about things I should consider as I am plotting and planning my novel for NaNoWriMo.
- Structure – I have an outline and a length goal for each section.
- Characters – Admittedly I have a few sketched out faintly, but it would be smart to get more specific.
- Point of view – I wrote a short sample (about 1000 words) to share with the group, and they helped me see where the point of view seemed to shift from the 1st person narrator to a more omniscient voice.
- Audience – Is it Neil Gaiman fans, middle-aged adoptees, or UCC church ladies? On the NaNoWriMo site, I chose the category “literary novel,” because I would hope anything I write would fall into the literary category. :-)
One of the things they recommend at NaNoWriMo is creating a book cover. I sort of love mine, pictured here. The other thing they recommend is making a contribution, which I also did.
Some NaNoWriMo participants stay up late on October 31 and start writing at midnight, but I am far more likely to get up early-ish on Saturday instead. The 1000 words I have are a running start, but I can already see that one detail is simply a placeholder and will likely not make it to the second draft.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If so, I hope you’ll leave a comment. When are you planning to start?