Thoughtful Thursdays, and NaNoWriMo prep

Here is what I have figured out about my personal writing process thus far:

Protag, conflict, antag, play with plot ideas, pick one as the Inciting Incident


Story Spine

back cover copy

Main Plot outline

subplot outlines

then either: synopsis and rough draft,


rough draft and synopsis (2pg, 3pg and 7pg)


So, it turns out that trying to write my synopsis simply does not work, for me, until I’ve got the scenes outlined already.  I personally cannot use a synopsis as a top-down outline, but I do need a plan, with tone (via the tagline) and story throughline (via the logline and back cover copy) to get me to the scenes.  Which I do need outlined before I can write confidently.  The problem is that I like to just write, but I know from previous NaNoWriMo experiences that editing what I wrote without outlining is enough to make me give up after 3-6 revisions!  So, more planning, now!  Until next week, friends!

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Action Items in support of literacy and writing that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different reasons to write your own novel, either just for yourself, or for publication.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

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4.) Write a comment about your experiences with NaNoWriMo, or why you do not like the idea of NaNoWriMo. I’m working on a novel starting a bit earlier.  My historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill comes from my own family history.

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2 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, and NaNoWriMo prep

  1. The planning part is always daunting but I find it is an important process. Even a bullet list of key points that you could rearrange on a computer screen has helped me. Or sometimes storyboarding using post it notes. But yes it is very much a daunting task!

    I’ve never participated in NaMoWriMo before but it sounds like a lot of fun if not challenging. Good luck!

    PS. Have you tried the Three Day Novel Contest before? That’s equally daunting but a fun caffeine fueled challenge.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Ab: I’ve tried three different methods for organising, so far, and I do agree that simpler is better: my first spreadsheet was not detailed enough, but this set of spreadsheets and paper notes and workflowy combined is way too much. LOL!
      I’ve never heard of the 3 day novel contest: will look it up! Thanks!!

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