NaNoWriMo Prep

As some of you know, I've signed up for NaNoWriMo this year for the first time. A NaNo virgin, of sorts. Now that there is less than a week left, I'm beginning to panic. I have a great protag for my YA Paranormal, and I know her motivation, but a plot on how to get her to the end of the book? Basically nonexistent.  I've been researching plot over the last few days and I ran across this list of thirty-six types:

  1. Supplication (in which the Supplicant must beg something from an authority)
  2. Deliverance
  3. Crime pursued by vengeance
  4. Vengeance taken for kindred upon kindred
  5. Pursuit
  6. Disaster
  7. Falling prey to cruelty of misfortune
  8. Revolt
  9. Daring Enterprise
  10. Abduction
  11. The enigma (temptation or a riddle)
  12. Obtaining
  13. Enmity of kinsmen
  14. Rivalry of kinsmen
  15. Murderous Adultery
  16. Madness
  17. Fatal imprudence
  18. Involuntary crimes of love
  19. Slaying of a kinsmen unrecognized
  20. Self-sacrificing for an ideal
  21. Self-sacrificing for kindred
  22. All sacrificed for passion
  23. Necessity of sacrificing loved ones
  24. Rivalry of superior and inferior
  25. Adultery
  26. Voluntary crimes of love
  27. Discovery of the dishonor of a loved one
  28. Obstacles to love
  29. An enemy loved
  30. Ambition
  31. Conflict with a God
  32. Mistaken jealousy
  33. Erroneous judgement
  34. Remorse
  35. Recovery of a lost one
  36. Loss of loved ones
Now, most of the novels I've read contain multiple items on this list, but it does give me a lot to think about for my own story.

On the other hand, I read a fantastic article by Kristi Jenkins of The Editorial Department about plot being...well...not so important. So maybe I'm not in such bad shape after all.

Either way, I have lots of writer friends to support me along the way. I've even joined a Facebook group (nanowrimowarriors@groups.facebook.com) started by the amazing Lia Keyes. There are plenty of great links, information and inspiration to go around, so join us if you get the chance. And if you are participating in NaNo this year, buddy me!

I will try to keep the blog churning during the month of November, but I fear posts will be a bit sporadic (unless by some miracle I manage a 10,000 word day). I will also be running an awesome follower giveaway sometime in the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out!


Melissa said...

Yeah,I'm sure my blogging will be sporadic at best come november!

Rogue Mutt said...

Those kind of lists make me want to punch a wall. It's almost as bad as character generators and other crap for lazy twits.

Good luck on the nano thingy.

Hart Johnson said...

Hey, Lisa--this will be my 3rd WriMo and I love the adrenaline. I usually have a basic idea, but never put it so formally as the above catchwords. Nathan Bransford posted a few days ago about what you needed and basically it boils down to:

Who is your protag?
What does she want?
What is stopping her?

There was more, but that sets up the critical piece. I would also assess yourself and what you can do for writing habits--I am good about daily writing, so I try to START at 2000 words a day to give myself leeway if I run into some blockage (which generally I do at about the 2/3 mark--I always fire off well and I know my ending, but there is a spot in there that pulling the pieces back together after scattering can be a problem.

This time I am doing a YA Mystery and for mysteries I like to storyboard, so that is how I will spend my weekend.

Lisa Potts said...

Melissa, sporadic may be an understatement.

RM, I know, although Scrivner 2.0 has a name generator that's pretty sweet because you can input your character's country of origin.

Hart, I've never been a planner. It just doesn't work for me, but your storyboarding sounds kind of fun.

I have been following Nathan's posts this week and they are very helpful.

One of my writer friends told me to breathe and simplify. Good advice for me!

Amie Kaufman said...

Oy, I had these grand plans for outlining, and basically... I've got less than a page. I don't know why I thought I was going to be productive on holiday!

This weekend will determine whether I'm totally pantsing it or not. I'm in a similar position to you. I have protags I love, a beginning, an ending, a funny set piece in the middle... and nothing. Well, it'll be an adventure!

Rachael Harrie said...

Best of luck in your NaNoing :)

That's a HUGE list of plotlines ;)


Lola Sharp said...

T-minus ...well, a few hours! I love the rush of doing Nano. I'm excited. I have, as of yesterday, a vague idea of what my main premise is going to be and my main character. That's it. No clue how it will end, or what her journey will be...just the MC and the inciting incident. That's more than I usually have, so I'm rather happy. :)

Good luck with your virgin run...it's a LOT of fun. Just remember to 'bank' some extra words early and often, in case something major comes up that stops you for a few days unexpectedly.

Happy Halloween!

Quinn said...

Good luck with NaNo! Justr wanted to let you know i gave you an award on my blog.

Lisa Potts said...

Amie and Lola, Ah, we're only on day one, but I'm off to a good start on NaNo. Glad I'm not the only pantser!

Rachael, thanks for the luck.

Quinn, thanks for the luck and the blog award!

Joanna St. James said...

I have an extreme case of pantser can't plot and blive me I have tried cos it makes them plotters look so fancy and put together.
Im nanoing too but i write with pen and paper so I might not report a word count till the end if i get to type it.
Thanx for coming to my blog.

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