NaNo Prep #1- Brainstorming

I’m starting my brainstorming a little late for NaNoWriMo this year. (Better late than never, right?)

Many of your have notebooks, or documents on your computer full of ideas. I’m not so lucky. I have a couple of ideas of novels that I started to explore for previous NaNoWriMos and then halfway through the month, I dropped them, never to pick them up again. I’m not even considering revisiting one of these stories. Last year I found that a fresh idea is what I needed to push myself forward.

Now the problem is, what do I write?

At this point, I have a handful of very basic, not well developed ideas– depressing, huh? Now I have to choose which idea to go with by brainstorming up some details and choosing the one that makes me the most excited.

Usually I just list details, but this year I’m trying to stay more organized by making a word-web, or using something similar to the snowflake method to come up with a very basic plot and maybe one or two big events or twists that I may or may not work in. I like to have something as a starting point.

Or maybe a free-write or writing prompt will awaken my Muse?

Here are some Brainstorming resources I found while browsing the inter-webs.

8 Brainstroming Strategies for Generating New Writing Ideas

50 Brainstorming Questions

^ I will be checking out the above link to help me, that’s for sure!

No Plot? No Problem!: 3 Things to Keep In Mind While Brainstorming

I really need to pick up a copy of No Plot? No Problem! — I borrowed it from a friend last year and only had it for a limited time, but it was so helpful!


How do you brainstorm for NaNoWriMo?

Do you have any resources you use to help you? If you’re a pantser, do you brainstorm for story ideas?

NaNoWriMo- Day 6

Hey there ladies & gents!

Today is NaNoWriMo Day 6 and I am not going to lie to you, I am already feeling the pressure. I have had writer’s block, distractions up the arse, and I have fallen asleep at my computer.

But I have also had some awesome Google + hangouts with some friends where we have talked about our novels (what we love and what we struggle with), had word wars, and generally gave each other a ton of support. That is one of the best things I have experienced with NaNoWriMo, there is such a great community of writers here who all have one another’s back. We want to see each other succeed.

Over the weekend I was doing pretty darn well word-count wise. Monday however, I slacked a bit. It was the first day I was both going to work and working on my novel as well and I was having difficulty focusing on both.I caught up on Tuesday though, when my friend Tracy and I had word wars and I finished the day after writing over 3,000 words (and wow did my mind feel like a big pile of mush after that one).

Today I am feeling pretty darn positive. The word count goal for the day is 10,000 words and I decided to stop writing with 11,142 (not too shabby)!

If you are behind and or feeling the pressure, keep going— don’t let it get you down now. There are so many people out there routing for you and there are so many resources that will help you continue on your NaNo journey.

If you are looking for a writing buddy, feel free to add me as a friend on the NaNoWriMo website and shoot me a message. I love talking to people about their novels and their progress.

Katytastic has some great vlogs about writing and NaNoWriMo for those of you who like to watch! I have found her posts very informational and fun 🙂

Keep on keeping on, friends. Kick some NaNoWriMo ass.

kicking ass