It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). And we are here to support you.
Here is your suggested October To-Do List. (And if you’re not participating in NaNo, this list applies for any time you start a novel.)
1. Listen to any podcasts that will spark your creativity. The Moth has great stories, but if you’re looking for something more craft related, try How Story Works. (Listen from the beginning, as it’s like a college course and it’s best to listen in order.)
2. Have no clue what you’re going to write about? Use these tips to wake up your muses:
- Draw a random Apples to Apples card or use a random word generator and write a scene that includes the specific word.
- Download an app with famous quotes and use the quotes as prompts.
- Use a tarot card deck or tarot card app to build your protagonist.
- Visit our archive of writing prompts and do some writing exercises.
3. Visit the NaNo site, which has lots of tips for prep.
4. Don’t isolate yourself. Talk to fellow Wrimos and, of course, your fellow chapter members about your story.
5. Read, watch TV, and watch movies. You have an excuse! Interacting with story sets off alarm bells for your muses. Even one tiny line of dialogue could generate the best story idea ever.
Good luck, everyone! And we’ll be back regularly to cheer you on.
* How do you prep for NaNo? Leave a comment and let us know. *