Nanowrimo preparation part 4 of 4 for Author Mommy’s
Nanowrimo is only days away! Are you ready? Have you told your kids about your goal. Sometimes your kids make the best cheerleaders. I know when I tell my kids about what I am writing their excitement helps fuel my own excitement. Today I want to know if you have come up with your game plan yet and have everything in order? Actually your 3 game plans. With Nanowrimo only a few days away now is the time to make sure you are all ready to go on November 1st.
TIP 4: Game plans!
GAME PLAN 1: The taking care of the family.
This is the most important game plan. Your kids and family come first. Doing as much prep for taking care of them can make it easier and less stressful to do Nanowrimo. Some things that you can do:
- Make a calendar with the meals for the month. Meal planning can help reduce your stress and make your shopping quicker.
- Do as much of the shopping as possible in the last few days of October. (especially the Thanksgiving stuff)
- Split up the housework into different days, and maybe enlist older children to help more during these few weeks.
- Update the calendar with all the kids activities, appointments and events going on during the month.
- Get rid of the unnecessary commitments and let others know you won’t be volunteering your time as much during this month, but will make up for it later.
GAME PLAN 2: The taking care of your story goals.
How much are you planning on writing everyday? Can you write everyday? If not have you refigured your word count goals to still hit the 50,000? I know a lot of writers who don’t write on the weekends, and have to adjust their goals accordingly. Have you visited www.nanowrimo.org and set up your account and found some buddies? Have you figured out your best writing time during your day? (ex: are you getting up early, writing in the evening, writing while the kids are in school…) Have you talked to your spouse about when you are planning on writing and what you might need from them to help you make that happen? Have you stocked the shelves with all of your required snacks and /or drinks?
GAME PLAN 3: The taking care of your plot.
Every writer is different I get that. Some of us plan our stories, some of us like to write by the seat of our pants. But with this short time frame it is helpful for us to at least have our characters squared away with their motivations and issues, as well as have a starting point figured out as well as an end goal. If you are someone who likes to discovery write that might be enough for you. If you are more of a planner then you need to have your outline all figured out by halloween. Know the big must happen events of your story before November, your subplots, arcs and story world all built and ready. If you are a mix of both styles, then you might have more of what I like to call a bone-line. Where you only have a quick list of events, both positive and negative that lead up to your climx. This is usually very simple, but for these writers might be all that they need. However you do it. Make sure you have your story plot ready to go. It will make things easier.
Good luck everyone!! I hope you make it to 50,000 words. I know you can do it!