From Fiction University: Enabling third party cookies on your browser could help if you have trouble leaving a comment.

Tuesday, October 31

Day Thirty-One: Idea to Novel Workshop: Prepare to Write!

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Welcome to Day Thirty-One of Fiction University’s At-Home Workshop: Idea to Novel in 31 Days. You made it! I hope you’re feeling good about your novel and are eager to dive in and get started.

If you’re starting NaNoWriMo tomorrow, take today to prepare.

Decide on Your Writing Plan

With the intensity of NaNo, it’s not uncommon for writers to change their process up a bit. Many write in libraries and coffee shops, or change locations in their homes (or workplaces) throughout the day. Think about where you’re going to do your writing and if you might like to try something new to boost productivity.

(Here are more tips on being a more productive writer)

Gather Your Materials

Once you start writing, you don’t want anything to disturb your momentum, so gather everything you’ll need and keep it close by. Notes, writing books, snacks, drinks, whatever you need.

(Here’s more on finding time to write)

Coordinate with Friends

Doing NaNo with a writer bud? Arrange your writing times and locations so you can hit the keyboard running tomorrow.

(Here’s more on tapping into the writing mode anywhere)

Schedule Time to Write

Make sure family and friends know you’re facing a challenge with a looming deadline and might not be available as much as you usually are. Schedule dedicated writing time so you’ll know you’ll have the time you need to get your words done.

(Here’s more on carving out time to write)

NaNo is a lot of fun, but it can get stressful. If the pressure starts getting to you, take two steps back and breathe. It’s just a motivating tool, so it doesn’t matter if you fall a little behind. What matters is that you have fun and write words you might never have written if you hadn’t tried NaNo.

Take Some Time Today for Yourself

Lastly, relax a little and rest up for tomorrow. The first few days of NaNo are often exciting and you’ll likely exert a lot of energy. Pace yourself so you’ll be able to sustain that excitement and motivation all month long.

I hope you enjoyed this at-home workshop, and that you feel good about the novel you planned over the last 31 days.

If you’re doing NaNo, good luck and good writing!

Who’s starting NaNo tomorrow? Who’s still working on their novel plan? Who’s just writing?

Follow along at home with the book, Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure. Get more brainstorming questions and things to think about, in-depth articles, and clear examples of every step from idea to novel.

Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound  | Google Books | Books-A-Million | Chapters/!ndio

Ebook: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Overdrive | Kobo | Inktera | Chapters/!ndio

A long-time fantasy reader, Janice Hardy always wondered about the darker side of healing. For her fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, she tapped into her own dark side to create a world where healing was dangerous, and those with the best intentions often made the worst choices. Her novels include The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of "Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read" from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and The Truman Award in 2011.

Janice is also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. Her popular Foundations of Fiction series includes Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel, the companion Planning Your Novel Workbook, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft, your step-by-step guide to revising a novel, and her Skill Builders Series, Understanding Show Don't Tell (And Really Getting It), and Understanding Conflict (And What It Really Means).   
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | Indie Bound