Thursday, September 13, 2012

Anyone Doing NaNoPlanMo Before NaNoWriMo?

I'm considering doing NaNoWriMo (a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month) in November.  Imagine me, a mom with a newborn and a toddler trying to pull that off. I was just thinking about how it took forever to write my last novel, so I want  to churn out my next book more efficiently. I'm not expecting to produce a MS that's publisher-ready in one month, but I'd like to have a reasonable first draft I can work from for my next gazillion revisions.

I stumbled upon something called NaNoPlanMo (a.k.a. National Novel Planning Month), which takes place from September to October. According to the guidelines, participants are expected to spend 30 hours planning the novel they will write in November. I suppose these 30 hours could be spent on brainstorming, outlining, plotting, character development, and research. You're not supposed to start writing the book yet during this time. I'm still not sure if I will do NaNoPlanMo. If any of you have done this before, I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.

Are any of you planning to do NaNoPlanMo and/or NaNoWriMo this year?

For those of you who have done NaNoWriMo before, how did you prepare for this month-long event? 


S.P. Bowers said...

I did Nano when I had an 18 month old. I didn't plan my MS much. I had a very vague idea of what the conflict would be but that was it. I did however plan the household. I made sure that the laundry and dishes were caught up, the house started out very clean and vacuumed and I had bought and prepared some frozen meals for tough days. Having my house as organized as possible helped me focus on the writing when I could.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

I've done NaNo two years in a row, but this year I won't be able to. I'm far too busy. Such a shame.

Unknown said...

Ha ha ha ha! Plan... pshaw. I've done NaNo twice now... the first time was with a manuscript/idea I hatched in high school (longer ago than you'd think)... the second was an idea I hatched a year ago... and I just ran with it. This year I'm actually outlining, though, but I didn't know about NaNoPlanMo! I'm intrigued, and may possibly participate. I will DEF "see" you in November.

Siobhan said...

Hmmm... sounds tempting. I wonder. I'm a bit scared to commit and come up short though.

Laura S. said...

This will be my fourth year participating in NaNoWriMo! I love knowing there are thousands of others writing a novel the same time I am with the same deadline, feeling the same doubts and angst! Even though I write all year just like all my blog buddies, during November it really feels like a huge team effort and a less lonely endeavor. I love it!

I always plan my novel in October so I'm ready to sit down and write it in November. I hope you give it a try! Who knows, maybe your kiddos will be extra angelic this November. :) Even if you don't make it to 50,000 words or finish your novel by the end, at least you'll have something started!

Cynthia Heart Books said...

S.P.: Good tips, especially the one about getting the meals prepared ahead of time. Cooking does take up a lot of time.

Lynda: Maybe next year then. At least you have the experience doing this.

Elizabeth: I'll "see" you in November too, I hope!

Siobhan: But on the bright side, you won't be doing this alone.

Laura: Thanks for the encouragement. That's awesome you've done NaNoWriMo four times!

Ella said...

Wow, you are motivated! I don't know, I should, but I think I will be taking a class and studying!
I will check in on you to see how you are doing!
You can do it ;D

Sherry Ellis said...

I wasn't planning on doing either. But if you do, hats off to you! It's not easy to juggle being a mom and writing.

Kate Larkindale said...

I've done NaNo twice, and neither time did I plan a whole lot beforehand. But then I never plan my books much. If I know what's coming up, I'm very unmotivated to write it.

My main ploy to get through was to never go back. Just write forward. If you get stuck, type something like #get X to y here, somehow# in red and move on.

So you won't find me planning in September/October. I'm not even sure if I'll do NaNo this year, but if I do, it'll be flying from the seat of my pants as always.

Paul R. Hewlett said...

I have never done it (and I'm not sure that I'm man enough to try) but I would love to hear your thoughts on it when/if you do it. Thanks for posting, what great info!

Paul R. Hewlett

Unknown said...

I did NaNoWriMo for the first time last year and I guess I sort of did NaNoPlanMo though I didn't know about it. I'm a plotter that ends up pantsing, so I had an outline ready and had the book mapped out in my head. I am gonna try to do NaNoWriMo again this year. I did both CampNaNos this summer. Won one, lost the other because real life slapped my writerly life in the face. But November...
I popped over to tell you that you have been tagged in The Next Big Thing! You can get the questions from my blog. Can't wait to see your answers!

Corey Schwartz said...

I only write PB's, but it sounds like a great idea!

Cynthia Heart Books said...

Ella: What class are you taking?

Sherry: Thanks. It can be challenging to juggle all the things I do.

Kate: Thanks for the tips.

Paul: I'll let people know how it goes if I end up doing it.

Mara: I'll check out your blog and find out what The Next Big Thing is all about!

Corey: Thanks!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I did NaNoWriMo last year without a plan, but think it will go better if I have a scene outline. Last year I tended to go off in long rambling side stories that had little to do with my plot. I'd like to avoid that if possible.

kate n said...

Hey, I am going to do it this year! Eek! Me and a blogging friend convinced each other it was a good idea on Twitter! lol
I think if I plan then I will come unstuck - and planning requires some sort of idea.
I have been taking part in five sentence fiction and for the first time to day tried write for ten - all in the hope that I will be ready. I hope you join in :)

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