Lanetta J. Sprott

NaNoWriMo Prep

Posted on: October 10, 2009

Things to do before 12:01 a.m. November 1st!

Create one MS Excel that contains:

  • Worksheet for each main character (pictures, vitals)
  • Worksheet for major scene locations (pictures)
  • Worksheet listing major secondary characters (pictures, too!)
  •  Back up Excel!

Complete character profiles:

  • Morgan
  • Alice (and her twin girls)
  • Blake
  • Gordon
  • Flush out secondary characters and develop mini bio on each.
  • Back up profiles!

Finish briefly plotting storyline

  • Back up plot!

Explain, again, then again, to friends and family why I will be on limited borrowed time to visit while meeting the challenge!

Print out a November calendar and annotate:

  • Doctor appointments
  • Other commitments
  • Birthdays (schedule e-mail Happy Birthday’s by 10/31)
  • *Menu for each day

*Plan menus

Grocery shop

Cook & freeze dinners

Finish reading:

  • Marc McCutcheon’s The Writer’s Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters
  • Linda Edelstein’s Writer’s Guide to Character Traits, in addition to all the wonderful blog articles others are posting!

Select/ready “mood” music: at least 3 different CD’s: celtic harp, classic (some Bach, Beethoven, Massenet, Gluck, and Mozart), Mason William’s classical guitar, and Yanni (as a standby). IMHO, nothing with lyrics as it will distract from what characters are talking about!

Select/ready candle fragrances:  maybe rosemary, white linen, and the soy lavender sounds good.

Ready different scented soaps and hand lotions, to fit the different moods during the writing process!

Locate isotonic fingerless theraputic gloves… don’t want hands to cramp at the wrong time!

Find a timer to use: one hour max typing, then 15 minute break, then back to creating the story!

 What else do I need to do?

Always, repeat over and over: I will do NO editing. I will do NO editing. I will do NO editing.

What do you do in prepping for NaNoWriMo?

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4 Responses to "NaNoWriMo Prep"

Hi Lanetta,

Saw your tweet. I just posted my list yesterday (see the comment URL). For me it’s a process of brainstorm->refine->repeat for both character and plot until I feel comfortable writing a two-page outline (I know! un-NaNoWriMoish).

-Steve

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Although this storyline is present day, Morgan’s life drastically changed back in 2000. I printed out a 2000 calendar and will annotate when different things happened…

This helps tremendously keeping up with the details rather than searching through her character profile!

Have prepared the MS Word document where all the magic words will soon appear!

This project will have a light blue background (easier on the eyes than the bright white “normal” background) and now… to pick out the font …. something different, but clearly legible for my growing old eyes…

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Native Texan living in the Hill Country writing and experiencing life one day at a time.

Novels by Lanetta J. Sprott:

Where Forever Begins Finding Closure

Where Forever Begins, A Simple Love Story and Finding Closure are available online at Lulu and Amazon.

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Read a preview of both novels here.

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New goal (to finish book): 95,000

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