NaNoWriMo Prep Day 2
So here I go, moving into the second day of prep time for the 2016 National Novel Writers Month competition. I’m starting to get pumped. And it’s coming just in time, because tomorrow I will be finishing up posting my first daily serial novel. It was a process that took about a month and a half to post. Hopefully, I can keep up with the same dedication and diligence to writing something from scratch every day for the month of November.
So for most of yesterday afternoon and evening, I dug into doing some research for the time period I’ll be writing in. My project for November is called “Time Of Our Death”, and it will not take place in the here and now, but instead I’ll be returning to 1987 for this one. Even the title is meant to be the flip side of one of the most popular songs of that year, “I’ve had the time of my life.”
I set about reminding myself of the way things were by looking up the popular movies, music, books, fads, and trends. I ended up with several pages of notes in all this. I also started building my writing playlist, as I always use music in the writing process to set me in the right mood, and for inspiration. In my head like a little movie itself, the story should start off with “Let It Rock” by Bon Jovi.
I sat down with my wife last night, going over some of my ideas and characters I’d been sketching out. I know a lot of writers probably keep things to themselves in the process, but my better half is such an integral part of my writing, and she always contributes different insights and angles I may not initially consider. She helped me name some of my characters, as we perused the most popular baby names of 1972. In 1987, my main characters, all teenagers, should be around 15 or 16, so 1972 seems to be a good starting point for naming.
Today, I will spend time working on an outline as prep for this. According to the rules of the competition, you cannot start writing your novel until Nov 1, but you can do prep work like outlines, character sketches, research, and the like. Now I’m not one for making a solid, complete outline when writing. I do, however, like to outline the first few chapters to give me something to start with. The rest usually just falls in place while writing. So, my plan is to make a brief starting outline today. We’ll see how that goes…
Keep writing, my friends!
PS I have added another item to the main menu. Click the link below to have a look at the main page for all my NaNoWriMo posts. During the month of November you will always find new updates there, so bookmark it if you are interested in following this process.