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This is the fourth time I've tried to write a rough draft of Continuo, my cellist/music producer contemporary M/M romance, for Nanowrimo. I wrote a 30-scene outline, one 1666-word scene per day; I did research, I made playlists, I pondered over characters' names, I thought about themes and hero's journeys and character arcs. I love … Continue reading What I’ve learned this Nanowrimo
Just a quickie: yesterday I wrote a prose outline of the backstory. It was four pages. AAAAAAAAAAAAH.
Just like there's no one right way to do Nanowrimo, there's no one right way to prepare for it. There are checklists, prompts, and worksheets available, but I've worked out a method of my own to get ready this year. This year's Nanowrimo project is my third attempt to write a music-based romance: Continuo, the … Continue reading Preptober #1: Sixteen days to go
An idea, a playlist, a lot of caffeine, and absolutely no fear. If you've ever said to yourself, "Someday I'm going to write a novel," Nanowrimo is here to give you that someday. Set the goal of writing a 50-thousand word rough draft in 30 days, and surprise yourself with what you can accomplish. Three … Continue reading Nanowrimo ahoy!
"Jenna," you might say, "you've been a published author for seven years, surely you have some insight and wisdom to share!" ...ah. Not really. The only thing I know for sure is how little I know. I'm constantly looking for new plotting methods and new ways to make my characters interesting, and I still feel … Continue reading Nanowrimo: now for the actual writing part…
When I first decided To Be A Writer (at the ripe old age of nine), my parents gave me an old IBM Selectic Typewriter. When I went to college I took both a luggable PC and the same Underwood typewriter my mom had used during her college career. I probably started the carpal tunnel that … Continue reading Nanowrimo prep: writing tools
Not every story I work on gets its own soundtrack, but a lot of them do. My Nanovels* both have soundtracks-in-progress; one is every song about superheroes I can find, the other is a lot of songs about faith and desire. A few years ago I participated in the CD exchange they do on the … Continue reading Nanowrimo prep: the soundtrack
I have a dilemma. I am torn between two plots. Both are within my genre, the m/m romance. Story A, I think will be more of the New Adult variety--I may even try first person POV!--Story B is about concerns of an older generation, like failed marriages and starting over. Both started out as anthology … Continue reading Nanowrimo prep: choosing a plot
I got an iPad about a year and a half ago, and it's slowly become my primary writing tool instead of my trusty laptop, mainly due to its portability and the many programs available for writing and plotting. (App, program, same thing. I'm old school.) I've tried a lot of different programs to find the … Continue reading NaNoWrimoPrep: Plotting tools