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Naper. Wri. Mo. NaNoWriMo 2011. The NaNo Writer’s Survival Guide. Session Outline. What is NaNo? Preparation for writing Tips for starting out Exercise #1 Enduring the soggy middle Exercise #2 Tactics to get unstuck Strategies NaNo Writing Pitfalls . NaNoWriMo Definitions.

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nanowrimo 2011
Naper

Wri

Mo

NaNoWriMo 2011

The NaNo Writer’s Survival Guide

session outline
Session Outline
  • What is NaNo?
  • Preparation for writing
  • Tips for starting out
  • Exercise #1
  • Enduring the soggy middle
  • Exercise #2
  • Tactics to get unstuck
  • Strategies
  • NaNo Writing Pitfalls
nanowrimo definitions
NaNoWriMo Definitions
  • What is NaNo?
  • What is NaNo not?
  • Mindset
  • The goal is to write a novel.
preparation
Preparation
  • Preparation methods to increase success:
    • Characterization
    • World-Building
    • Outlining
    • Plotting
    • Tools
outline
Outline
  • Keep at least a minimal skeleton
    • Main conflict
    • Key developments
tips for starting out
Tips for Starting Out
  • Know your concept
  • Write for yourself
  • Don’t kill yourself
  • Stay open to possibilities
  • When it’s hard, you’re getting somewhere
  • Keep a notebook or device at hand for taking notes – anywhere, anytime
  • Help is everywhere: Nano forums, Naperville, MLs
  • Don’t revise
your best resource
Your Best Resource

Katherine

Writing

NewMexico

Kid

TRRDedean

starting out
Starting Out
  • Write about an idea you love
  • Always be prepared
  • Write daily
starting out1
Starting Out
  • Save multiple copies
  • Use milestones
  • Flexible outline
  • Writing buddies
starting out2
Starting Out
  • Stop
  • Change direction
  • Rewrite or scrap
  • Cease exploring
  • Forget your story’s roots
  • Do too much at once
  • Don’ts
exercise
Exercise

Write a scene:

Your character is trying to get into some place without the proper permission.

Like crashing a movie theater, or a battle-planning session, or a wedding, or a funeral, or...)

soggy middles
Soggy Middles

How to maintain your momentum….

soggy middles1
Soggy Middles
  • Time management
  • Use conflict
  • Think ahead
  • No Nos!
  • Positive thinking
exercise1
Exercise

Improv Exercise:

  • Need two stock characters
  • Get a location
  • Have a problem
  • Write the scenario in your group
  • Discuss the challenges
tactics to get unstuck
Tactics to Get Unstuck
  • Write whatever you can
  • Spontaneous writing
  • Spark ideas
  • Inspiration
  • Idea book
  • Rewards
tactics to get unstuck1
Tactics to Get Unstuck
  • Reward yourself
critical strategies
Critical Strategies
  • Write every day.
    • 1,667 words/day to reach 50,000
  • Always keep moving forward
  • Block out distractions
  • Be mercenary with your time
  • Leave yourself placeholdersif you get stuck
  • Shake things up
  • Use Naperville resources
  • Always keep moving forward*
nano writing pitfalls
NaNo Writing Pitfalls
  • Lacking direction
  • Editing as you go
  • Forgetfulness
  • Writing yourself into a corner
  • Negative thoughts
  • Stopping at a road block
  • Sweating the small stuff
  • Isolation
references
Naper

Wri

Mo

References

Story Engineering

Writing Excuses

Writer’s Digest

Writer Unboxed

Plot Whisperer

closing
Closing
  • Thank you to Tom for his outline.
  • Any questions?
last words
Naper

Wri

Mo

Last Words

Just write.

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