NaNoWriMo is coming up fast.
So far I have:
– Bought the t-shirt
– Posted in my regional forum and age group forum
– Decided to begin a tradition of leaving carrots out for the Plot Bunnies on NaNoEve. I will photograph and blog that one. My sister is going to actually set out a box-and-stick type bunny trap, because she wants to keep the plot bunnies all month.
– Put a down payment on what I alternately think of as ‘Epic Sofa’ and ‘Noveling Couch’
What I haven’t done:
– Anything related to actual writing preparation.
At least I know what I’m writing.
A loooong time ago I posted about a story that I started writing on my phone. Eventually that got a little unwieldy and I moved it over to the pc and put it in my Active folder, where I keep all of the stories I’m currently poking at. I spent a lot of Mind Time on it – the part of writing that is really just staring into space making things up- and made some notes. Eventually I decided the scope was too large to continue the way I was and I started working on a treatment, or an expanded outline. It turns out that it’s not a good short story, but it might be a pretty good novel.
It’s been a couple of months since I looked at that treatment, though, and it isn’t done. I could – and should – work on that over the next couple of weeks. My thinking there is that I am less likely to get stuck if I have a complete treatment to work off of. I’ve used the notecarding technique in years past, but I lost a lot of the details of the vision that way. This is essentially the same thing, except that it’s a more complete brain dump.
Then there are the non-writing portions of NaNoPrep, such as the Shopping List.
This year’s list includes:
– Strawberry Pocky (permitted 1 every 250 words)
– Jasmine tea (fuel)
– fire logs (for fire-side noveling)
– celebratory bottle of viognier (for crossing the finish line)
– a large dog (to be adopted first week of November if possible.)
My sweet Sugardog passed around this time last time year. She had been my noveling companion every year, from the first one when she and I sat in my little 6×12 office with my space heater. I wrote and she snored, waking up occasionally for pets and scritches.
Life is just better with a dog around.
In other news, both my oldest daughter and one of my little sisters will be participating this year. I fully expect my sister to kick my literary ass. She’s been busy doing research for a week now. Family noveling FTW!
So that’s what I’ve done and need to do. How are you getting ready for November?