NaNoWriPreMo (NaNoWriMo Prep Month)

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Gorgeous NaNoWriMo Participant banner created by Elizabeth Doyle nanowrimo.org

Hello folks, yesterday was October 1st, officially launching NaNoWriPreMo (National Novel Writing Prep Month) for me and many other writers and participants.

Last year I began October 1st with a spark, a beautiful idea that developed into something I could only imagine over the course of the month.

This year, not so much. Right now I only have a genre in mind (and even that’s up in the air). While I don’t plan on creating an outline that I have to stick to the month of November, I want to go into it with some sort of idea as to who these characters are, what their motivations are, and have a couple of plot points in mind (even if I don’t use them). From there, I usually write by flying by the seat of my pants.

It helps to look over noveling resources, character sketch stuff, etc.– even if you don’t fill them out, just to help brainstorm. I’m going to need to use these to get some help and inspiration.

The Young Writers Program workbooks can help writers of all ages think about different ways to make their writing better!

This article helps with the main things you need in your novel to keep it fun & exciting!— it’s even helping me with my revisions at the moment.

Kristin Lamb posted The First & Most Crucial Step to Owning NaNoWriMo yesterday, I think you’ll enjoy it 🙂

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that not only am I participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but I am also the ML for the Oswego, NY region (super excited).

Gorgeous NaNoWriMo 2014 poster- "The Boundless Novel" by Elizabeth Doyle

Gorgeous NaNoWriMo 2014 poster- “The Boundless Novel” by Elizabeth Doyle

I’ve gotten all of my write-ins scheduled and am trying to plan or some other fun things too!

The other day, I received my ML kit and poster in the mail. It really kicked me into gear to do more NaNo prep for all of my lovely fellow writers here in town.

Can we take a moment just to appreciate how freaking beautiful this poster is? I mean, really! It alone will probably inspire countless novelists to create some wonderful stories of their own.laelvikinghat

Read a Q & A with artist Elizabeth Doyle here

I’m also crocheting this adorable Viking Hat (pattern by Mamachee) for one of my very lucky fellow NaNoWriMo participants. For each write-in they attend, their name will be added to the drawing for this lovely. A name will be drawn at the TGIO (Thank Goodness it’s Over) Party!

How are you preparing for NaNoWriMo?

What resources do you use (if any) to help you?