It is the 20th of November and well into National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month; an inordinate task. I set my goal for the month to write more than I wrote last month, National Novel Write More. I have been successful. Dusting off my novel this month, I wrote more, faster, and spontaneously. It’s amazing what the characters decide to do when you just write. Now I’m finding that I sometimes need to slow down and write less on posts and emails. The words just keep flowing.
Typically I write when I have an idea, an emotion or feel a conflict. All fodder for my story. As I wrote about in my blog post, Bits and Pieces, I randomly write sections of the story as I get ideas. I will do more spontaneous writing, but now it is time to:
- Review my story outline
- Create a timeline
- Write out the personalities of my characters
- Decide on places the characters visit or travel through whether real or devised
- Go through the story and add detail and scenery
- Look for consistency of names, places, environment, characteristics
Some stories start with a place or person to write about. It seems like that would be much simpler than writing in pieces from ideas and emotions, but I was pleased to see that the beloved Roald Dahl wrote his children’s stories from ideas he accumulated and percolated until he had a story.
Write by yourself, write with a group, and share your writing. Your writing is an important part of yourself. You can join the Linkedin “Inspiring Writing Group” to write to a prompt, share your writing, and write positive comments. Be inspired by the rest of NaNoWriMo to write!