NaNoWriMo Prep Work

NanoPrepIt is that time of year again and I have been seriously considering what I want to write for NaNoWriMo. There are two things that worry me about the upcoming month of November and all if the fun madness that comes with it. The first and perhaps least concerning thing is that my two graduate classes will be coming to an end on November 15th, so for half the month I will be writing frantically while trying to perfect my class writing.

That, however, is not my biggest concern. Last year I have a full outline and a game plan going into the month. I am not going to have as much time to dedicate myself to that process this year. What I do have is a character, I have woman etched in my mind down to the last detail of her personality.

My question to my readers is this- Can you write an entire 50,000 word novel with just a character in mind?

Happy Friday Everyone!

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9 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Prep Work

  1. I can. I did camp NaNoWriMo last July and wrote 90k words after being inspired by one character. I’ve set the novel aside and will polish it up with tons of rewrites soon. But for the upcoming NaNoWriMo, I’ve got one new character shaping up in my head πŸ™‚

    I’m afraid hubby will be disappointed when I do sign up because that means the house won’t get any attention πŸ™‚

  2. I am a bit more of a planner, so I am using this month and the next to create my cast of characters for NaNo. Then again, this is my first NaNo so I have no idea if what I am doing works best or not yet πŸ™‚

  3. I think if you’re going to start with a character, you should just put her in the worst possible situation she can imagine and see how she gets out of it. (Or if you’re George R. R. Martin, how she dies horribly as a result of it. Either way.)

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  5. I am definitely a planner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t write 50,000 with just a character in your head. I am sure there are lots of people out there who do. I wish I could do NaNoWriMo this year, last year was great and 3 of my sisters are participating this year, but I am stuck studying for my qualification, so I am going to have to pass this year. Good luck to you!

  6. If you put in the time you’ll get it done. Just keep talking with your character and hopefully she’ll pull a good path for story writing. Maybe one where she has to sit and debate which way to take on a forked road and she sits there for an hour contemplating what could be down which side while she sips a cup of coffee or hot chocolate or something.

    You can do it. I’m still working on my outline and I need to get my characters down more. The only names I really remember off the top of my head are my villain and his victim and the victim isn’t a main character. Not until a second book…

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