Dawn Montgomery

15 Days to NaNoWriMo

In #amwriting on October 16, 2012 at 6:31 am

Two weeks until NaNoWriMo’s launch. This year I’m writing an erotic romance entitled Rising Tide. So how do you get started with NaNoWriMo? Can you really write a novel in ONE month?

Yes.

Should you? If you’re wondering if you should…try it. If nothing else, it’ll give you a much better appreciation of the time it takes your favorite authors to pen another book. 🙂

How do you get started? That’s a great question. At the end of this post, I’ll have a list of links to awesome help sites for you. Until then…I’m just going to have to show you how I get started.

First up…Genre. What do you want to write? It’s got to be something interesting to you.

I challenge myself to something new in every NaNoWriMo. This year I want to write about an underwater civilization. It’ll be sexy (of course). I want it to take place now, but I want it to be dark. So let’s call it a Dark Fantasy Erotic Romance. You don’t have to be as specific, but I’ve been writing for a while so I get more particular about what I’m working on.

Rising Tide will be approximately 55k words (since 50k IS the minimum to win NaNo 🙂 ) .

I have two main characters. The hero belongs to the underwater civilization and the woman is a human underwater photographer. Now I get to start building up my characters and designing my underwater civilization. I’ll need a bad guy and at least two supporting characters. Much to ponder. 😀

 

Check out Lynn Viehl/S.L. Viehl’s blog for lots of help! She has great resources, character sheets, etc. Plus she’s giving away her ebook on how she writes for FREE.

National Novel Writing Month has a ton of resource guides and links in their FORUM.

What are you doing to prep for NaNo?

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  1. Good luck for NaNo this year! I’m still unsure what I’m going to write about.. hmm..

    • Good luck too! There are a lot of people who just start writing on the day. Is there a genre you love to read more than anything?

      • Thank you! Yeah that’s pretty much what I did last year! Well, yes but I did that before and it didn’t seem to work out! Haha. Think I might try young adult age this year !

  2. Totally agree that anyone unsure about trying NaNo should give it a go and see what happens! I had known about NaNo for at least five years before I actually decided to try it last year – lo and behold, I won! I was mostly pantsing last year, but this year I have a full outline, so I’m all set to be awesome! 😉

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