Welcome to autumn!
The end of the year seems to be sneaking up on me. Midterms just ended, the NaNo forms have come back to life (helllooo, procrastination of valuable sorts!), the weather is alternating between summer-hot and cold autumn winds, and I am waffling between stories to focus on for November.
Around the NaNo world, October is often thought of as Prep-tober, or whatever conbination of preparation and October you wish to create. As you may have gathered, I have a tendency to be a pantser and, as such, October has never been defined by copious amounts of preparation. Although I greatly enjoy leaping into a story without much more than a vague inkling of where it may go, my lack of a plot often forces me to fumble halfway through the month.
The idea of plotting has always felt unbearably tedious, but, since I am currently struggling to balance 15 credit hours and a meager 300 word daily minimum goal for my own material, it is beginning to feel more important. I have found that some pantsed stories move forward without prompting, but most require time to stop and think along the way. Since getting enough sleep in November already seems like an impossibility, I want to be able to reach my NaNo goal as effectively as possible. Although I am certain that whatever plans I attempt to make this month will change during the writing process, I hope to start NaNo with a few threads of a plot… Just as soon as I choose a story to focus on.
Since there are dozens– hundreds– of ways to plot, I intend to mix methods. At the moment, my suggested method looks like this:
- Using Flashcards: identify the main characters (1 card for each) and list their names, approximate age, origin, general role in the story, desire, and anything else that is important.
- Consider how the characters might change over the course of the story.
- In my notebook or word document:
- Identify possible story themes.
- Consider geography and start world-building.
- Write down as many major plot points as possible. (Firstly: identify the plot!)
I will keep you updated as best as I can.
‘Till next time…