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’s GalleyCat.  ‘Story Structure Do’s & Don’ts‘ is a summary of a writer’s panel (including writers Jimmy PalmiottiDaniel Way and David Hine) from ComicCon, New York.

  1. Do create an outline for your story.
  2. Don’t treat your outline as a strict, controlling template. These tools are meant to enhance, not stifle, creativity.
  3. Do share your outlines with your editor. This helps to keep your editor in the loop on your progress.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!



  • Finally Nano began! 🙂 my start isn’t bad – I’ve already done 1770 words so far. I hope November will bring us luck!!

    • So jealous, I just had my lunch hour and some few stolen moments. sigh

  • Good luck on NaNoWriMo! 🙂

    My outlines aren’t really deserving of the word. I make a huge mess and then color code before I started piecing together a rudimentary timeline. My muse likes to throw a million ideas at me at once and it takes me a while to sort through them all!

    I make a giant notebook to store my ramblings and then I reference it throughout the writing process. It’s probably not the most organized way of doing things, but it works for me!

    • I love hearing everyone’s processes. Every one is unique to the person. Good luck to you too!

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