Write it down!
I’m addicted to Pinterest. That’s not what I’m going to write about, but I just wanted to say it.
I’m going to outline my “plan” for getting through NaNoWriMo. I put plan in quotations marks because what I’m going to do is probably not what you’re supposed to do when you set out the write a novel. I’m not going to create a detailed outline, and I don’t have a solid plot in mind (although I do have a vague idea for the plot). I’m going to invent characters with names and intriguing back stories. Somehow I’m expecting these characters to meet each other during the course of the novel and do amazing things together. My goal is to get 50,000 words out of my brain and onto the screen. When I’m done, I’ll have the option to rework all of those words into a novel that makes sense, or break it up into short stories, or just never look at it again.
I do have a character named Sheila that has come up in my writing before. At one time, she was supposed to be a young woman who somehow stumbled into solving mysteries in the fictional town of Brandlesburg, Ohio. That idea fizzled out. I had a character who was a librarian in a small town. I think he was going to have a love affair and solve a crime. I can’t remember his name. Sometimes names come to me, and those names seem to have stories behind them. I’ve had a few of those recently, but I didn’t write them down, so I don’t remember. One is a guy called Carlo. He’s an African-American who has somehow disappointed his parents. Maybe he’s gay. Maybe he’s a dancer. I would know if I had written it down.
So, if there’s a lesson to take home from this post, it would be “write things down!” You could even use your mobile device and jot things down using your favorite notetaking app. I use Evernote. I can create a note on my iPhone or iPad and have it sink to the “the cloud”. Then, if I want to see the note on my desktop computer at home, or at work, or anywhere there’s Internet access, I can. I recommend Evernote, but I haven’t tried anything else so take my word with a grain of salt.
So that’s my plan-ish thing. 50,000 words divided by 30 days = 1,666.66667 words a day. This post right now is 410 words. That means that I can do it!
Here’s a picture of a typewriter to symbolize writing. I won’t be using one of theses.