Agenda & Timeline
Plan & Outline
Sort and gather ideas, concepts, plotlines, and chapter outlines. Research science, history, and figure out as many character names ahead of time. When I don't, these elements tend to eat into my time during NaNoWriMo.
Consult the Audience
For this novel I'll be talking a lot with my children about dragons, science, diversity, time, etc. I want this to be a longer youth novel, so I need to gain insight into plot lines and ideas that might hold their interest.
Prepare the Template
Sometimes I begin writing without any template preparation. However, years of using Scrivener has taught me that a good template with bookmarks really helps to organize ideas while writing. This year I'm using Word.
Gather Inspirational & Motivational Helpers
Music playlists, art, movies, tea, and even this website will help to hone my focus.
Sort the Schedule
Work & homeschool will limit my writing time. I also need to determine my Camp NaNoWriMo word count goal.
April 1st - Write!
Camp NaNoWriMo begins on April 1st. If I've not already begun writing, then this is the day.
I entered February believing that Camp NaNoWriMo began in March. It does not. Instead it takes off in April. Because of my error, I’m going into the next writing event more prepared than ever.
How am I priming for April’s writing event? For me, the novel-writing process depends upon fiddly odds and ends such as music playlists, movies that inspire yet don’t distract, historical and scientific research, teas, visual do-dads and much more.
While I have always been a writer, I owe my ability to “go the distance” to NaNoWriMo. The program and community changed my life and that of my husband. We both find the intensive writing experience to be cathartic, and suffer from withdrawals during non-NaNoWriMo event months (the main event is in November, and they hold “camps” in April and August).