Things you can do before NaNoWriMo aka make October count

This post is late, but it’s better than never.

Now that I’ve chosen my story, I am in the process of working on my logline and creating profiles for my protagonists. Outlining my story is going to be the next thing on the list. I have to confess that I am not a planner. I am one of those adventurous writers who let the writing do the talking whenever I am in that place. This is the first time I’ll be outlining a story.

The basics:

^ Learn your character/s inside-out by drawing up a story planning questionnaire. When you do this, it saves precious time and you won’t have to be scrolling back to previous chapters asking ‘What color are her eyes again? Wait, did I start off with his height at 6 inches tall? Or was it 6 feet 2?’

^ Work on your plot and character profiles. Give them vivid descriptions and occupations.

^ Jot notes down no matter how silly some of your thoughts may sound. You’ll be amazed at how some of these notes come in useful for you during your first draft.

^ Research your genre.

^ Find a writing partner. If you have friends who are planning on doing NaNoWriMo, better for you because you all can get together and have fun writing.

^ And for those who have their dream cover in mind, there is nothing wrong on starting it.

^ Don’t forget to register!

13 thoughts on “Things you can do before NaNoWriMo aka make October count”

      1. I know Science Fiction is no easy feat, but you’re going to pull it off. Is it okay if I ask what’s the name of it and what’s it about? I’m glad you’re finding the tips handy. Thank you.

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      2. Yes! It actually spawned out of a flash fiction story I wrote for a monthly prompt in a LinkedIn group of all things.
        The stort did well and it seemed like a good one for NaNoWriMo.
        It’s called “The 7 Deadly Sins” (if you go to my website and click on fiction, I just posted the actual short story yesterday).
        It’s about a gal who is kidnapped from her planet with the intention of being sold. She escapes and discovers an interstellar trafficking ring and makes it her mission to bring down the empire behind it.

        Seriously NOTHING like anything I’ve ever written before!

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      3. Wow! In a Linkedin group? That’s awesome! I love it when inspiration falls into one’s lap! I’m going to check it out and it sounds like something I would love to sink my teeth into.

        My story is an interracial romance and it has been bugging me for so long that if I don’t write it, I might just go crazy. This is it in an unedited logline: Athena Long is a slim, shy individual who yearns for two things: respect and a love to call her own and time is running out for the 30-year-old to accomplish her goals. I seriously did not want to write this story, but it won’t leave me alone.

        All the best for Nano this year. I hope you reach your potential. I’m off to your blog now.


    1. Carrie, I must say that I like what I’ve read so far. Your writing is clean and refreshing and for a moment, I was right there with the characters. When I came to the end, I forgot it was a short story and was looking forward to more. And I laughed my head off at Melba in Tattoos, Guns & Little Old Ladies! I was trying to leave a comment for you, but it won’t let me. I think I might just be in love with your writing.


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