What do you want to write for NaNoWriMo?

Do you want to participate in NaNoWriMo, but either don’t know which idea you want to use or you don’t know what to write about at all?

You aren’t alone. I didn’t figure out which story idea I wanted to go with until very late last week. If you’re feeling the pressure with NaNoWriMo a little over a week away, I hope that this post helps you come up with some ideas you can use and feel more confident.

Some people start the month of October, known to many as NaNo prep month, with a ton of ideas or one main idea. Others begin it with none at all.

What if you have more than one idea and not aren’t able to choose between them?

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There are two things that you do know.

1. You have plenty of ideas for a novel.

2. You want to write a novel.

I recommend you dedicate a page to your notebook or a document on your computer to each story idea. In each document, brainstorm details for each story idea.

When I do this, some of the things I try to come up with are-

  1. Who is the main character of this story? This is the character you’re going to be spending the most amount of time with. What are they like? What are their goals and flaws?
  2. What will the main conflict of the story be?
  3. What is the world like?
  4. How might you want the story to begin.

You can get as detailed as you want with each story idea. Certain ideas may have more for you to play with than others.

After going through all of your ideas and expanding on them a bit, go back and read through what you’ve written. What idea were you the most excited about when you were brainstorming? You may want to go with that idea for your NaNoWriMo project. If you are excited and passionate about your story, you’re more likely to succeed.

But what if you don’t have an idea at all yet?

writing snapeThere is still plenty of hope! What are some topics that you’re interested in or passionate about? Is there a certain time period that draws your interest? A conflict that you would have fun exploring in a story? Or a character that keeps begging to be written?

Like I suggested for those who have many ideas and can’t choose one, write all of your ideas down on a sheet of paper. Mark which ideas you feel you can develop on. Can you combine any of them. Tweak and play with these idea scraps, building and combining them until you have something that you might be able to work with.

I hope that this has been helpful for those of you who were still undecided story-wise.

Let me know some of your ideas and if I can help you develop them.

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