Terror lurks just around the corner. Soon, our homes will be invaded by ghouls and ghasts, tiny monsters, and masked figures. We will appease them with bite-sized edible sugar. But that is not the real terror, at least, not for writers. The real terror comes in realizing we have not properly planned for NaNoWriMo. 30 days, 50,000 words, and not a plot in sight!!
Fear not, fellow writers. We brought home some great take-aways from this past weekend’s HallowRead. One such take-away dealt with mind mapping. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, allow us to direct you to Google. It is a way to contain the chaos in your mind on a piece of paper. We also learned that giant outdated desk calendars are brilliant plotting tools. Even if neither of those strike your fancy, there are plenty of ways to pull your plot from between your ears. Sticky notes and cocktails napkins are still valid tools of the trade.
If it helps, our authors will be facing their fears right along with the other intrepid participants of NaNoWriMo. It goes without saying that they may just be a little on the batty side for undertaking such a task. We have one working on two novels. Another is diving in to something totally new, while yet another is working on mashing up genres Frankenstein-style. Our authors will be sharing their trials and woes, their good days and bad. If you want to challenge them, feel free to buddy up for the month of November and see if you can best the pros.
However you decide to tackle the terror that is National Novel Writing Month, be sure you haunt those ghouls for their good candy. The sugar will help bring on more inspiration. Or else trigger a sugar high sure to scare up something for your plots.
Happy haunting, writers!
** NaNo Handles for our Authors:
CL Bauer – CB2018
Karen Garvin – Steampunk Scribbler
Cathryn Leigh – Elorithryn
JC Rock – Reliquary
Michelle Schad – Tatsuyuri
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