I don’t mean to terrify you, but if you’re planning your NaNo project during the month of October, we’re officially into our second week. A lot of my prepared links shift from big idea-type planning to story specifics.
But don’t worry. If you don’t have a clue yet of what you want to write, Alexandra Sokoloff has some great suggestions to get those creative juices flowing in her post Prep Your Best Idea. She’s got an entire series going right now on her blog, too, that’s worth following.
I’ve never pitched different story ideas to anyone as a springboard before, but it is definitely something to try if you can’t narrow down what you’d like to write.
And if you do already know what you want to write, the notebook-by-the-bed advice is great for any stage of writing. The past few nights I’ve spent the last fifteen minutes of my night making a list of the most pressing story-questions I want answered the next day. I still need some @#$%@! stakes but I’ve made some changes that will make stakes possible and I’m starting to ask better questions than I was before.
How do you know what you want to write?