Im taking a writing class ‘NaNoWriMo – Producing 50, 000 words in a month’

 

So after getting ready to try out my short story plan my life took a turn for the busy and I only managed to write on two days and produce approx 300 words per 30 min block. What should have been obvious to me was that I needed to have a tighter plan for the actual story outline, something as detailed as the structure with word count plan. I had planned this for the 50, 000 word story but thought I might be able to manage without this for 5000 words. Ah no. Big fail. Also I never did actually decide when or how I was going to get time to write. Yeah that doesn’t work either.

Ok back to the drawing board. I have 23 days to research and produce a plan for how I am going to tackle NaNoWriMo 2013 with some possibility for success. I have two weeks off work, I am having surgery, not life threatening but it will provide me with time to scope out this problem and provide a workable solution. I think the things I need to tackle are:

  • Time management
  • Story research
  • Detailed daily story points overview

I am going to have to trust that the only way to succeed is to not give up. Its a bit like getting my degree. I did unit after unit over serveral years towards a very specific goal. This time the end goal is becoming a published novelist. Although this is more like external studies where you have a task that you do by yourself outside of the rigid structure of attending classes.

The first unit I am doing is ‘NaNoWriMo – Producing 50, 000 words in a month’. I remember many a unit that I took, especially in the beginning, when I doubted that I could pass it and therefore fail to gain my degree. In the end it was that I never gave up no matter how much I doubted myself. I would just try to look at the task I had in front of me at that moment and get on with it. This is just the same. The doubt is still there. I never feel like I can do something until I have done it. Sometimes I did fail a unit. The only thing to do was go straight back and try again. The second time around I always wondered why I thought this was hard the first time. The road to success for me seems plagued with doubt and some failure but it is a road to success.

So nothing to do but keep trying.

Goodnight and good luck fellow writers 🙂

 

Short Story Plan

Ok, been a busy week at work and home but I wanted to put this plan out there. I ended up breaking my original plan down to a 10th its size. I will attempt to use it to start writing next week and although I may not do this day by day I will try to write the word count on the days I do write. I will post a diary for how this goes. If I did manage to do it each day it would take 10 days but I don’t know that I can fit that in. I am thinking that every every second or third day will be more likely. We’ll see.

The Plan

Beat Beat Beat Daily Word Count
Opening Image:50 Theme Stated:50 Set-up:400 500
Catalyst:100 Debate:400 500
Debate:200 Break into Two:50 B Story:250 500
Fun and Games:500 500
Fun and Games:500 500
Fun and Games:200 Midpoint:50 Bad Guys Close In:250 500
Bad Guys Close In:200 All is Lost:50 Dark Night of the Soul:250 500
Dark Night of the Soul:200 Break Into Three:50 Finale:250 500
Finale:500 500
Finale:450 Final Image:50 500

Good luck and good night 🙂

The Outline

I did it. I managed to write my first outline and to scare myself witless in the process. I took everything I have been reading about writing an outline and produced a tight day by day plan. I must confess to stealing from Save the Cat.

Yes this plan is based on how someone might write a screenplay but in my defense I chose to co-opt Save the Cat because it is very precise and following the story arc with a modified word count allowed me to create a tight plan.

The output from this writing exercise is not going to be a book ready for publishing but a bare bones, mashed up, 50,000 words. It can be then be edited into a manuscript to send to someone i.e. agent.

I still need to come up with the final path my story will take and want to add points to write to for each day. Its always easier to get to a finish line if you can see it. In this case there will be  a finish line for each day with a huge payoff at the end.

This task is becoming more daunting rather than less as I plan. My hope is that with sufficient prep I will be excited to get started by Friday November 1st. It should feel like taking a well planned trip, exhilarating and exhausting.

Now for the big reveal. Below is my plan. Ta da.

Goodnight and good luck my fellow writers xx

Date Beat Beat Beat Daily Word Count
Friday, 1 November 2013 Opening Image:500 Theme Stated:500 Set-up:700 1700
Saturday, 2 November 2013 Set-up:1700 1700
Sunday, 3 November 2013 Set-up:1600 1600
Monday, 4 November 2013 Catalyst:1000 Debate:700 1700
Tuesday, 5 November 2013 Debate:1700 1700
Wednesday, 6 November 2013 Debate:1700 1700
Thursday, 7 November 2013 Debate:1700 1700
Friday, 8 November 2013 Debate:200 Break into Two:500 B Story:1000 1700
Saturday, 9 November 2013 B Story:1500 1500
Sunday, 10 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Monday, 11 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Thursday, 14 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Friday, 15 November 2013 Fun and Games:1700 1700
Saturday, 16 November 2013 Fun and Games:1800 1800
Sunday, 17 November 2013 Midpoint:500 Bad Guys Close In:1000 1500
Monday, 18 November 2013 Bad Guys Close In:1700 1700
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 Bad Guys Close In:1800 1800
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 All Is Lost:500 Dark Night of the Soul:1200 1700
Thursday, 21 November 2013 Dark Night of the Soul:1700 1700
Friday, 22 November 2013 Dark Night of the Soul:1600 1600
Saturday, 23 November 2013 Break into Three:500 Finale:1200 1700
Sunday, 24 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Monday, 25 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Thursday, 28 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Friday, 29 November 2013 Finale:1700 1700
Saturday, 30 November 2013 Finale:600 Final Image:500 1100
50000

 

 

 

NaNoWriMo

I have signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. Deep breath. I don’t know at this point if this is even realistic. I would love to be able to get a large enough piece of work done so that I can spend time shaping it.

I seem to spend time starting but I don’t even get to a middle or end. Maybe I am not creating enough of an outline to work with. Or maybe this is like uni and without a deadline I dont know how to put pressure on myself to get this first piece done.

Only one way to really find out. Do it.

Good Luck fellow writers 🙂