NaNo Prep

NaNo Prep Day 2 – End of Day

Early….very early yesterday morning at around 3:30, I woke up and tried to go back to sleep. I had these ideas for my NaNo story playing in my head. Lines of dialogue, POVs from certain characters, the story layout, a new occupation for a character, and a possible ending! You can imagine how excited I was when just the day before I was drawing a blank. Writer’s block is funny that way!

Now, I have debated several times on whether this story was the one I was meant to work on for NaNo. As you can imagine with little more than a few ideas I didn’t have much of a story, and was tempted to go with a story I had more background and character development for. But yesterday something happened that, to me, confirmed this story currently titled “Lucy from South Hampton” (a better title will come to me at some point), was indeed the story I was meant to be writing for NaNo.

I was at church and after service there was a celebration for a couple who had been married 45 years! They had a beautiful cake, of which, I knew I could have none. I am a Celiac. However, an elderly woman named Marie made a gluten free cake, her first time ever. She used one of Betty Crockers gluten free cake mixes and yes, you would think this would be so easy to do right? Well, if you don’t have an understanding of gluten free flours and how easily they dry out, then even a mix can be botched!

I thanked Marie for making the cake. It was very thoughtful of her. She said, “Well, you know it was my first time. I didn’t know anything about rice flour.”

“You did a great job.”

“Well, it’s a little dry,” she said eating a piece of gluten free cake.

I didn’t say anything, but the cake was dry and bit rough–like sandpaper–on the tongue. (Not that I’ve ever tried sandpaper on the tongue. Eeek!)

I looked at Marie. She is a small woman, a former school teacher, with white hair wearing a bright blue sweater. “I think you did a good job with the cake. It tasted good.”

“It was maiden voyage with it, you know.”

I nodded. But inside I chuckled when she said “maiden voyage”. At that moment, I thought of the maiden voyages the Olympic and Titanic that would be in my story for NaNo. My next thought was, “Yep. I’m supposed to write this story this NaNo-go-round!”

NaNo Prep

Nano Prep – Day 2

So today is going to be my day 2 of NaNo Prep.

I have a beginning to a story, but I’m struggling with a middle and an end. I have a few ideas but I need more. Hmmm…. Boy, howdy! I think I’ve got writer’s block. How ’bout that! If that isn’t one of the most frustrating things to have!

I need more plot and not sure where to go for inspiration or something to kickstart my imagination. I’m working in the early 1900s with the construction of the Olympic and later the Titanic. So I’m thinking, I’ll do some research about that era and maybe read some personal accounts of the tragedy and maybe accounts of those who have lost loved ones. There is bound to be something in there I can draw inspiration from.

What do you do when you have writer’s block? Is there anything you go to that helps get the creative juices flowing?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave comments below the post.

Thanks and happy NaNo Prepping!


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Prepping for NaNoWriMo 2014 – Day 1

Good morning, everyone! Or good evening, depending on where you are in the world.

It is a misty morning here in the North Woods and I can’t think of a better way to spend a day than listening to good music, with scented candles lit, and prepping for NaNoWriMo! Yep. It’s about that time again.

I have a fictional story I started for Camp NaNo a few years ago, but I got stuck when the book wasn’t going where I wanted it. So I took some good advice and stuffed it away for awhile. I thought of the story often and prayed I would get ideas that get me on my writing path again.

Well, my friends that day has come. I pulled out the manuscript, dusted it off and I’m looking at it with fresh eyes. There is going to be some major rewriting and it will like writing a new book almost. The plan for the day is as follows:

  • Read through book
  • Mark what needs to be changed (characters, ect.)
  • Make an outline (not really a fan of this, but in this case, I may need one.)
  • Update synopsis
  • Make Book Cover

I think that may be it, at least for now. It’s a good start. Of course, I will also be visiting the NaNoWriMo site’s Nano Prep page which has good articles for beginning your novel, committing to it and planning it.

I would love to hear you prep for NaNoWriMo, or even if you don’t do NaNoWriMo, how do you plan out your novel? Let me know in the comments below.