With just a little over a week of preparation for NaNoWriMo, today seemed to be a great time for another NaNo Prep Friday. The biggest thing I have been doing to get ready is jotting down ideas and generally brainstorming on *what* I actually want to write about. I have a synopsis, some notes, a couple of characters, and a (very) rough outline.
Other thing I have been working on myself is seeing what other folks use for their process. As November gets closer, quite a few writing blogs have posts of some sort relating to NaNoWriMo. Over on The WriteRunner for example, Andrew had a great post on character development. Andrew has a number of great NaNo related posts, so certainly worth checking out! He also has some good posts on plot development and plot structure.
Jane over on Writers Digest also had a good post. While not a NaNo’er herself, she did a good writeup with suggestions and links to four other articles that might be of use to folks. Take a look around – there are a number of great articles out there with useful advice. Don’t forget to check out the forums too of course. A lot of tips and suggestions. Seeing how other folks do things may help. The key is to not get discouraged.
Next to last, I am working on tweaking my writing setup this year. I am using FreeMind to work on the plot structure and simple text files to hold notes. As soon as the beta for Scrivener for Windows is out, I will start migrating into that application and getting things organized. That way I can hit the ground running on November 1st.
Last but certainly not least, I have been collecting desktop Wallpapers and whatnot that I can use during the month. There is a whole thread on NaNo Wallpapers for 2010. A lot of great ones in there. A few good examples….
(A few versions of this one, but I love it. Helps that I have a mug like that on my desk.)
As a stats junky (it is either the geek in my or I do way to much reporting at my day job), I also like to track my writing status outside of NaNo. This thread on the forums has a few different options for tracking your NaNo progress. The various spreadsheets folks have made allow you to do a little more in depth analysis of how your writing is going etc.
Basic rule is – whatever helps keep you going and inspires you. Have fun and good luck!