Are you trying a new technique or focused practice for your NaNoWriMo this year?
I’ll admit, I’ve never done true pre-writing. I’ve done planning stuff galore and tried really thick every-moment-plotted outlines and sparse diagrams. Character bios? Check. Story bibles and spreadsheets and mind maps? Oh, yes.
But I’ve never sat down and wrote prose I knew I wasn’t going to use. I’ve never done pre-stories or test runs or the like. It never appealed. When I’m ready for prose, I’m ready to jump into the story…
And for that reason, I gave it a go for my NaNo. A voice and pace check. A “it’s been weeks since I’ve really focused on creating new words and holy cow I forgot what this feels like” check. Did I really just write that thing? It’s not in English. I think it’s written… in pain?
Don’t mind me; the first day back at the grindstone is always the worst. For the next week, I’m going to keep pre-writing as well as planning. A few more scenes to think about, a few world-building questions to solve. And what better way to solve world-building problems than to write more stories?
We’re a week away from NaNoWriMo! I can barely wait. What are you doing in this final week to make sure you hit the ground running on November 1st?