This first week of NaNoWriMo has been all about setting the stage for my characters as well as for myself. Since this is my first 50k, I have put five contingencies in place to ensure a strong finish. What tips do you NaNoWriMo veterans have for us newbies?
1. Working Outline translates to flexible. Previously, I was just going to write until I reached 50k. But, I scraped that plan. Today, I stopped typing to think about the story coming to life on my pages. Are the characters engaging enough? Am I spending too much time on certain scenes?
2. Playlist of tunes to keep me in the moment with my characters. Fellow blogger and NaNoWriMo, MB, shared her playlist this weekend. Tonight, my list included:
- Silent Lucidity, Queensryche
- Goodbye Blue Sky – Pink Floyd
- Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins
- City of Blinding Lights – U2
- Raise Your Glass – Pink
- Summerboy – Lady Gaga
- Pearl – Katy Perry
3. Running Goal of making one mile in five minutes on my elliptical. This is a 50k, right? So, while I attempt this first with my writing, I might as well train for that Freeze Your Fanny 5k on January 29 at Stony Creek Metro Park.
4. Escape Plan to the living and the real. One can only revel for so long in the fantastical storytelling world. Now, I know why there is a suggested daily quota.
5. Interventions to divert focus from writing to my husband, children, dog, friends, house, neighborhood, etc. Today’s successful diversions were taking my daughter to the salon for a haircut, voting, a trip to the Rochester Cider Mill for a blueberry, maple-glazed doughnut, cooking dinner, helping with homework, and blogging.
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I loved reading your Escape and Return post. A college friend of mine used to host my sister, husband and I along with about 20+ people each Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend at her beach cottage in Elk Rapids, MI. This little beach town is located near Traverse City on Grand Traverse Bay. While that is miles from where you are, trips to Elk Rapids included bonfires on the beach until the wee hours, multiple daily trips to the coffee and ice cream shops with our dog in tow, and pouts when it was time to migrate back to southeast MI.
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