Toolkit for writing fiction

It’s midnight on November 1st and, even though it’s in the middle of the week and you have to go to work tomorrow, you stayed up to write your first sixteen hundred word quota for NaNoWriMo. You’ve thought out a dozen characters in your mind and you have a protagonist who is a thinly-veined version […]

Making a scene

One thing I find helpful for NaNoWriMo is making an informal list of scenes. The key is to not get married to this list; just use it as a jumping point. I usually end up moving the order of the scenes around. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking of scenes: Think […]

My first NaNoWriMo region meeting

When I walked into Mulligan’s Pub and Grill and went upstairs to meet other NaNoWriMo participants in my region, I thought,”Oh, crap, I’m the oldest one here.” I sat down at one of the few seats available at the long tables that had been pushed together. Looking to my left, I saw six teenage girls […]

What I’m doing to get ready for NaNoWriMo, part deux

I thought of a few more items aspiring NaNoWriMo participants can do to prepare for November: Go to your local NaNoWriMo group get-togethers. Of course, writing is a solitary practice, but you can maybe sit in a coffee shop with others pounding away on their stories. Regions also have before and after parties.  Just go […]

What I’m doing to get ready for NaNoWriMo

Tell me if I’m wrong, but getting ready for National Novel Writing Month can include anything except the actual writing itself. I admit that I am itching to get started, so in the meantime, I am doing the following before November 1st: Creating characters: I have an Excel spreadsheet with columns for their names, goals, […]