Things have been pretty quiet here at the blog, what with me planning the writing for my next NaNoWriMo novel, and helping m beloved Abby Dawg with her first novel, too. And resurrecting abandoned stories now that I’ve got so many helpful tips and writing guide/courses from the likes of Holly Lisle, Lazette Gifford, Larry Brooks and Al Watts. I’m trying something new for NaNoWriMo this year: actually planning before I start writing on November 1.
Yes! Planning! :O
I know, right? Look, I’ve tried this pants-ing (writing by the seat of my pants) thing eight times now. EIGHT TIMES. (And that’s not counting the writing I attempted before I ever heard of NaNoWriMo.) I was ready — boy, was I ready! — for a change when Larry started posting his series of tips on how to write a real novel in thirty days. The key? Effective planning. And understanding basic story structure.
Well, lots of people, probably. And I knew it, too, but what I didn’t know was how to do it. That’s what Larry does with his tips: He shows you how to plan and how to plan effectively. And fast! Read his posts at StoryFix, sign up for his posts via email on his site or via RSS. I highly recommend his books, too, novels and writing guides.
Okay, I’m diving back into the planning process now. Structure. Who knew it would make such a difference? And be so much fun! 🙂