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NaNo Prep: Rumination

Ah yes, chewing and re-chewing so that the grass is easily digestible.

Wait, no. The other kind of rumination. Deep thinking for long periods of time. Now that we’ve got that settled…

Rumination is second on the list because, let’s face it, there is a lot to think about. And it can be done while doing some of the other tasks coming up.

Okay, so what exactly is there to think about. You’re going to write a novel, and maybe hope that it will be good? And you think you can just jump into it? (Okay, plenty of people can – they’re called pansters – but I’d wager most of them still do some thinking ahead.) So the thinking. The following is a list of possible things to consider, think about, ruminate on:

plot, characters, setting, theme, plot twists, beginnings, endings, events along the way (yeah I know that’s sort of summed up in plot, but you can know the plot and not know specific events), flaws, strengths, names, plants, cultures.

If you are planning to write a fantasy novel, some of this stuff is more important than say, for writing a high school drama (though I argue you would still need to know the high school culture like the back of your hand). This is not a complete list, obviously, but it’s a jumping point. And, if you are writing fantasy or scifi (or even if you aren’t) you will want to do all of your research ahead of time. Seriously, come November you will want to spend every minute you can on writing, not waste it with research.

So right now, while you’re ruminating, you don’t need to choose anything. You can, or you can write down a few of your favorite thoughts, but just think. The longer you think before writing anything down, the happier you will be with the outcome. (Okay, that’s a theory. I’m still working on testing it.)

Next time: Clean

Series Coming: A Slightly Comedic Guide to NaNo Prep

I tried NaNoWriMo last year. I got about two pages in and I quit. I believe this was due, in large part, to being unprepared. For that reason, I’m going to do more prep work this year – because I’m taking another shot at NaNo*.

Coming up in October, I will be posting a series of things to do to prepare. Some of them are obvious, some serious, and some just silly. That’s why the “slightly comedic.” They won’t be posted in any sort of specific order, except that the things you might need more time for I’m going to post towards the beginning of October.

Hope to see you preparing as well!

*No, I have never completed NaNo, and only tried it once. You may remember, deadlines terrify me.

On JotterPad, Word Counts, and Challenges

Earlier today I challenged myself and anyone else who cares to be challenge to some NaNo prep work. If you recall, I started writing a 12,500 word short story today. My final word count of the day: 2,540*. Mind you, this was not done in one chunk (though most of it was), and it was not the only thing I did today, but I did use a lot of my spare moments that are usually empty to write, like while the beans were cooking, snuggled with one of my cats, and even while I was in line at the grocery store.

Hold up, how was I writing while I was at the grocery store? A phone app called jotterpad. I was skeptical, I searched a bunch of “writing” apps, even downloaded evernote, but I went with jotterpad because it is simple, and makes me think of cute little otters. Anyway, I’ve written the whole thing on my phone so far. I really like the simplicity and ease, and you better bet it’s going to make me a faster texter!

I am pretty much exhausted from my day at this point, and will be calling it quits for anything productive…after I make tomorrow’s lunches.

I hope to hear you joining my challenge!

Write on,


*I still hate doing word counts. But on productive days, it’s great to look back and see that you really did write a lot, and that writing is not as crazy a thing to do as we thought. Give me time, I’ll come round to the word counters point of view.

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