Main objective of NaNoWriMo
Over the last couple of weeks of the preparation for Nanowrimo, I got an idea for a new story and managed to come up with some complex characters. Now it is time to send the protagonist out on an adventure worthwhile reading about. This week is all about outlining the story.
There is a ton of writing advice out there, but instead of trying out every one of them, I will take a new approach. I will ask myself what helps me to get words down on paper. And then I can look up the suitable advice after having figured that out if at all necessary because my main objective for a NaNoWriMo is to get words down on the page as long as they fall in line with the story.
To figure that out, I asked the question when did I have a good writing streak? And can I replicate the circumstances that helped to make it one?
Planner Pantser Plantser?
When I took the quiz from the NaNoWriMo website, I was a clear pantser.
Which fits the answer to the above question because I write most easily when I sit undisturbed, summon an inner picture, and then just hit the keyboard.
However, I feel much more excited about the Save the Cat approach because it is tangible, and it makes my busy brain more relaxed to know it has something to plan out.
One of the questions in the quiz was something about how one would plan a trip. I like to stroll around in a big city, but at the same time, I prefer to know which city and for how long. And a visit to a cafe and a bookshop is always on the itinerary. In the same way, I like to stroll around my story and be surprised by what is just around the corner, but I prefer to know, for example, the genre and main events. Doing this will make the preparations for the trip so much more fun.
My Plan for NaNo Prep Week Three + free printable
So this is my plan, I will fill out the Save the cat outline in a brainstorm and then update whenever I do some writing prompts and sprints to let myself be surprised by what shows up.
When all come to all, I am probably a plantser.
I also really liked the idea of writing all the scenes down helter-skelter and then sorting them out.
I ended up with the decision to try out the following approach.
First, I wrote out the main points from the Save the Cat book on a dot grid printable. Then I printed out some more and cut it out into flashcards. Now all I have to do is to fill out the flashcards with the scenes suitable for each beat. In that way, I have the freedom to move them around, toss them or add to the scene list. And I can use them for writing ideas down that turned up while free writing and brainstorming scenes.
Print A4 without border and cut out.
This week I also asked myself whether I will go on with the new idea for NaNoWriMo or finally write the last portion of my speculative fiction novel that I have worked on forever. Because the Save the Cat method made me realize something important about the middle part of that story, which could help the plot along. The excitement made me go with the old story, and in no way does it feel like a waste of time to have gone through the preparation. It was a nice brush-up and now the new idea can lay buzzing in hibernation until the arrival of spring. For October and November, I am ready to get a lot of writing done and set up my time and space even more as a writer.