Nano Boot Camp: Week 6

Up to this point, we’ve been taking it relatively easy. From here on out, however, we’re going to concentrate solely on our Nanowrimo projects. Use this week to wrap up any creative loose ends. Finish any ongoing projects, and clear off your desk.

  1. Write 1000 words per day–at least 30% needs to be focused on the Nano story. Brainstorming ideas, making notes, writing character profiles, etc. If you have ideas for scenes, write them down. I usually write bare-bones “scripts” for scenes I want to incorporate later.
  2. Write 6 days per week
  3. Continue working on the outline. Get it at least 50% complete.
  4. If you don’t have a backup arranged already, do so now.

If you’re not sure how to write 1,000 words per day on a book you aren’t supposed to be starting yet, here are some ideas:

  • flesh out character profiles
  • write flash fiction related to the story.  It doesn’t have to be canonical, but it can help you explore things like back stories, magical systems, and world building.
  • make notes of any key scenes or snappy dialogue you want to use later. Highlight lines in your outline to remind yourself to come back to these notes later.
  • Revisit your blurb from week one. What’s changed? Write a new blurb incorporating changes from your research and outlining sessions
  • Write a sample query and 1-2 page synopsis for your book. Yes, I know. The book isn’t written yet. But this will help you get in the head space and look at the pacing and plot arc.

Do you have more ideas for writing exercises? Leave a comment below!

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