What if I never had to face rejection? Then, I probably wouldn't ever improve on my skills.
What if blogging was enough? I like to write. I like to blog. I like to write in my blog. But, blogging isn't enough for me. I want to write a binding-worthy-story.
Maybe then, I could just break the story writing process down into tiny little understandable bits. Then maybe it could be just that easy, to write the story at least.
In my writing group we are all getting ready for NaNoWriMo. I've written a book and the others are just beginning their journey. I'm not sure if I'm capable of helping them but somehow I am finding ways to make the upcoming book writing a lot easier than when I wrote my first two books.
This time, I sat down and wrote one sentence to describe my whole book. This sentence might prove useful when I need a one-line pitch in the future of marketing this story, or if I find myself 20,000 words into the story and can't remember what the original idea of my story was supposed to be about.
Then, I wrote the query. Last time, I didn't really know what a query was so it came last and proved to be difficult. Writing the query first was actually great because now it's done, and it gives me another reference for when I start writing my book.
After the query (a micro version of the essence of the book) I decided to break down about how many chapters my book is going to be (2,000 word chapters divided by 50,000 word NaNo requirement = 25 chapters) and then I set out to write an outline.
Everyone outlines differently. I decided to write one sentence to describe each of my 25 chapters. This was not as bad as I thought it would be (admittedly, some of those one sentences are run-on but hey, I have an idea of what each chapter is supposed to be about). Now, I have an opportunity to see where I need to shrink or build on different sections of my book. Also, I can use this outline later as a synopsis (of course it will have to be tweaked a little depending on how the story actually goes once written).
After I wrote my outline, now I can pick through it and make a research page. This research page will consist of anything I still need to figure out. For example, this book is going to be paranormal and will deal with parallel universes, so I need to figure out how my MC is going to get through these universes and exactly how those universes affect each other.
Once I've gone through my research page and figured out how to build my new world, I then have to do some character building. By this I mean, who is my MC, my protagonist, and all the other main characters that help my MC? What are their motivations? What do they look like? What are their special skills or talents? And so on.
By the time November 1st rolls around, I will have:
- One-line pitch.
- Detailed Research pages
- Character sheets
How do you prepare for NaNo?