It seems like every time I prepare for NaNoWriMo, it feels like a different process. Hopefully it just means that I’m learning how to prepare better. When I decided to do NaNoWriMo in November last year, I decided basically a week before that I was going to participate but the good thing was that I already had a story in mind. For Camp NaNoWriMo in April, I tried to plan a bit more before I started. I wanted to make sure I knew an idea of what I was going to do. Though I didn’t have much of an outline, and I didn’t know much about the characters. As I wrote, I began to gradually outline to see where I was going. I really could see how the outline helped me reach to the finish line. So I knew for July that it would be best if I planned ahead. Though I still want to be open to the possiblity that my characters, and my plot might change as I write. It seems like I’m part of Team Planner, though I could be a Plantser*.
The two things I’m looking forward to this July are my birthday (July 3rd), and Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve decided already that I won’t likely write much on my birthday, but I’m still going to try to. Though the rest of the month I’ll be writing as much as I can. I’ll have time since it’s the summer, and I don’t have much going on, but I’m sure things will come up.
I’ve begun preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo by working on my planning through Scrivener. The program has been useful for me to keep everything organized from my outline to my character sketches. Though I’m still working on the outline and the characters, it helps that I have a place for everything. This is the first time I use Scrivener for a writing project, so it will be interesting to see how well it works while I write during July.
Other things I’ve done to prepare for the next month has been to clean my main workspace, looking through the NaNoWriMo forums, researching about outlining and preparing for a novel, and looking through the messages from NaNoWriMo (the website, Twitter, Facebook, blog, and our own inbox). It’s also helped to chat with fellow participants (especially friends, and cabinmates) who are also planning on what they are going to do in July. These things have prepared me to be ready for my writing adventure in July. The more that I’ve searched online about information relating to writing, I find that people have their own unique way of preparing and writing their stories. It kind of shows that we all have to learn what is best for us.
When I started June, I didn’t know that I would switch stories more than half way though the month. Luckily I still had time to plan on the story I decided on for July. It’s not a whole month of planning, but maybe it’s best that way because I won’t have a really detailed outline and sketches of the characters. Which gives me a chance to explore the story as I write. So what will I do for the next few days before the start of July? I will try to continue with my planning through working on the outline, character sketches, researching, and possiblity a bit of chatting.
The good thing is that I already know also what I’m going to do for my birthday, which isn’t much. I’ll likely spend my day re-watching a few of my favorite tv shows and/or movies. Hopefully during the day, whom ever can come we can do some writing sessions in between the viewing sessions. Then around 6 pm, hopefully more of my friends can go to Macaroni Grill. We’ll have dinner there, and cake, of course. Next to that, I’m not sure what else we will do. I guess we’ll figure it out as the day goes.
I’ve planned, and I feel ready for July. Now all that is really left, besides a bit more planning, is counting down. What are you going to do to prepare for Camp NaNoWriMo? If you’re not participating, maybe you can still do some creative projects in July. Don’t let July pass you by without doing something creative. Trust me, it will be worth it.