NaNoWriMo – Day1 Outline, Structure & Writing – Oh, My!
Today is the day, where writers across the globe are throwing themselves prostrate to the Muse of Writing.
NaNoWriMo BEGINS! (cue the evil laughter)
This is a test of a writer‘s substance. To reach the goal, 1,667 words (or more) must be written every day for 30 days. The end result a rough draft to a novel.
Alright, now that I’ve scared the bejeezus out of myself with numbers and impending doom, lets talk nuts and bolts.
Writing is all about the story.
I ran across a great article posted on MediaBistro.com’s GalleyCat. ‘Story Structure Do’s & Don’ts‘ is a summary of a writer’s panel (including writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Daniel Way and David Hine) from ComicCon, New York.
- Do create an outline for your story.
- Don’t treat your outline as a strict, controlling template. These tools are meant to enhance, not stifle, creativity.
- Do share your outlines with your editor. This helps to keep your editor in the loop on your progress.
- Don’t incorporate specific details in your outline when figuring out your story structure. Outlining should mark the beginning of your writing process. Specific details will emerge as you write.
- Do remember that these tools are supposed “to bolster you up as an artist.” A well-conceived outline and story structure can be especially helpful when faced with a tight deadline
An outline is the direction you want to take the story. My outlining usually consists of bullet points for the major plot points. If I think of a great passage to write, I’ll include it in the outline. Allowing yourself flexibility in your outline will help you overcome writer’s block and other nasty afflictions.
Write on, my friends!