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Preparing For Nanowrimo Success

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How do you achieve your goal? How do you plan ahead? Do you know your one sentence idea? Your conflict lock? Your characters? How do you keep track of your progress? All these things are key for success.

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Preparing For Nanowrimo Success

  1. 1. Planning for NaNoWriMo Success
  2. 2. The Keys NaNoWriMo • Pre-Planning • Set Goals • Keeping Track Daily • Always Write Forward • Staying Motivated
  3. 3. Pre-Planning Make a roadmap--if you don’t know where you are headed you are likely to get lost!
  4. 4. • The WHO of your story • Protagonist, (Hero and/or Heroine) • Antagonist • The WHAT of your Story • What is your basic conflict (Conflict Box further on) • The WHY of your story • Motivation • The WHERE of your story • Location • The WHEN of your story • Time frame Pre-Planning
  5. 5. • Basic backstory of main characters • Who are they? • Main character’s GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) • What do they want? • Why do they want it? • Why Can’t they have it? Pre-Planning
  6. 6. • What Point of View are you going to write in? • What will be your tone? • How will the conflict escalate? Pre-Planning
  7. 7. • Write it DOWN • Original Idea • Narrative Structure • Make a character sheet • Draw your Conflict Box Pre-Planning
  8. 8. Original Idea • One Sentence • 25 Words or less • Sums up your book • Imagine landing in a faraway world and the only way you can get home is to follow a brick road and on your journey a wicked witch keeps trying to steal your shoes.
  9. 9. Narrative Structure • What is your inciting Incident? • Escalating Conflict • Crisis (Dark Moment) • Climax • Resolution (payoff to the reader)
  10. 10. Character Sheet • Take your main characters and write down their bios • Write down who they are in the beginning, the middle and the end of the book to the best of your ability • How do they change?
  11. 11. Character Sheet
  12. 12. The Central Story Question •Will the protagonist defeat the antagonist and achieve her goal? •When the reader asks that question, the story begins. •When the reader gets the answer, the story is over. This question leads us to the . . .
  13. 13. The Conflict Box •A way of diagraming your protagonist, antagonist, goals, and conflict. •You can have conflict because: •Protagonist and antagonist want the same thing. •Protagonist and antagonist want different things, but achieving one goal causes conflict with the other’s goal.
  14. 14. Conflict Box Protagonist Conflict Protagonist Goal Antagonist Goal Antagonist Conflict
  15. 15. The Conflict Box-Same Goals from Agnes and the Hitman
  16. 16. Conflict Box: Same Goals •Agnes wants to keep her house, which she bought from Brenda. •Brenda wants to steal back the house she just sold to Agnes Keep HOUSE Get HOUSE Protagonist Conflict Antagonist Conflict
  17. 17. Conflict Box: Conflict Someone is trying to steal the house from her! Someone won’t let her steal the house back! Keep HOUSE Get HOUSE
  18. 18. Conflict Box: Inescapable! Someone is trying to steal the house from her! Someone won’t let her steal the house back! • To see if your conflict is inescapable: Draw a line from Agnes’ goal to Brenda’s Conflict. If Agnes is causing Brenda’s conflict, you’re halfway there. • Then draw a line from Brenda’s goal to Agnes’ conflict. If Brenda is causing Agnes’ conflict, you have a conflict lock. Keep HOUSE Get HOUSE
  19. 19. The Conflict Box-Different Goals from Lost Girls
  20. 20. Conflict Box: Different Goals KILL whoever is killing young girls KILL the daughters of the men who betrayed him Protagonist Conflict Antagonist Conflict •Gant wants to find out who is kidnapping and killing young girls. •The Sniper wants revenge for being betrayed.
  21. 21. Conflict Box: Conflict KILL whoever is killing young girls KILL the daughters of the men who betrayed him Another Girl is killed, kidnapped. Someone is closing in on him, trying to stop him. •Gant wants to find out who is kidnapping and killing young girls. •The Sniper wants revenge for being betrayed.
  22. 22. Conflict Box: Conflict KILL whoever is killing young girls KILL the daughters of the men who betrayed him Another Girl is killed, kidnapped. Someone is closing in on him, trying to stop him. •Gant wants to find out who is kidnapping and killing young girls. •The Sniper wants revenge for being betrayed.
  23. 23. • Daily Writing Goals • Word Count/Page Count • Daily Reminders • Don’t edit • Weekly Goals • Reward yourself Set Goals
  24. 24. • Read what you wrote the day before • But don’t edit • But make notes • Keep a daily writing grid Keeping Track Daily
  25. 25. Daily Writing Grid
  26. 26. Always Write Forward • Use Grid to keep track of story • Use Character sheet to keep track of character changes • Use Character grid to keep track the flow of the story • DON’T REWRITE OR EDIT!
  27. 27. Staying Motivated • Support other writers • Reward yourself--especially on hard writing days • Get out and walk • Take Breaks • Look at daily/weekly accomplishments • Don’t beat yourself • It’s a marathon not a sprint
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