Planning for #NaNoWriMo 2016



  • @typical_demigod , @jaycano That's a fair point, but this is something I'm already working on regardless of NaNo and I want to have at least a timeline done before I get into it because it's a prequel. I need it to get from point A to point B within a certain timespan and contain a few key events that are already established within the main story. While I could just not worry about it and fix any inconsistencies later... Where it comes to this particular story, fixing inconsistencies has proven to be more than just a small hassle in the past.


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    @Blackbird The beauty off NaNoWriMo is the ability to tailor it to your needs. :)

    @typical_demigod Do let us know if we can help somehow. I know that I probably won't make the 50k but I will have so much fun planning and writing what I can. I figured this time I would just try a writing exercise. I have the desire to tell the audience everything! It makes writing suspense difficult. So this time, I'm going to tell them everything. See if I can get it out of my system!



  • @Blackbird Fixing matters of time inconsistencies are rarely easy, in my experience. (There was one time I was calculating the age a character SHOULD be, but I forgot to at six years to get his actual birth year and I ran around freaking out because it would've screwed up my entire timeline. Oops.) Getting from point A to point B within a certain timespan is partially why I'm trying so hard on getting a working timeline up.

    @Josey I definitely will ask if I need anyhting! I'm really excited but also somewhat intimidated by this story, both because I have so many ideas for it, but no idea how/where to fit them, and I already know, just in outlining, that it is going to be a beast to write in size alone...

    Ooh! I love being experimental in how I tell my stories. I have an ongoing WIP in omni POV because I was experimenting with having all the information on the table at any one time while still finding a way to make reveals. I'll be really curious to see how your story works out!

    ((Okay, so this post is obviously really late, but I could swear I posted it already....? mildly confuzzled))


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    @typical_demigod said in #NaNoWriMo 2016:

    ((Okay, so this post is obviously really late, but I could swear I posted it already....? mildly confuzzled))

    I blame the magical gremlins and squirrels that power our forums. They are tricksies.


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    @Josey @typical_demigod I will buy them some rainbow pigment and fairy dust to see if I can appease them for a while


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    @Josey @Sian Yet again I am failing to plot and will be flailing the day before to decide what on earth I'm writing this year! I'm desperate to do my sci-fi, but I feel it needs a cross-over genre. But it will either end up as Firefly or I'll copy all the cli-fi books I've been reading!

    What cross over genres work well with sci-fi??



  • @jaycano That's a good idea.

    @Niffer I have to dedicate over a month to get even a quarter of an outline done, so I feel you there! As for cross over genres... You could really cross over anything, because the term "sci-fi" is so broad it could just mean "Story set really far in the future". For example, and early version of my story was crossed with urban fantasy.


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    @Niffer Ah, good question. What crosses over genrewise with sci-fi? My answer - everything! I know that doesn't help, but I have learned over the years that genre is something that is used by databases, not people. Yes, there are huge branching genres like romance or mystery, but even that has so many sub, or cross over genres that my eyes cross even thinking about it.

    When it comes to plotting what you want to do for NaNo this year, I highly recommend picking something incredibly simple so as to not overwhelm yourself. Example: Take your MC, and make them walk through a day in their life. Do they get powered on at the start of the day or do they wake up from a nightmare? Do they eat breakfast, or shun typical food in favour of feeding off the sun? Do they dance and sing off key in the shower or do they dive headfirst over a cliff into the stormy ocean below?

    It may not be "the" book, but it can help you find their motivation, their drives, their passions, and their goals. You can then pick one of their goals, and plot your way towards it.



  • @Josey said in #NaNoWriMo 2016:

    You can then pick one of their goals, and plot your way towards it.

    That's how I do it! (That, or I have scene in my head and a vague idea of where it is chronologically, and work like that. Either/or.)


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    @typical_demigod I have tons of small scenes, but when it comes to plotting, I love to bounce ideas off people too. :D For example, right now I have an idea for this NaNoWriMo, and I ran my plot concept by @Occi who asked questions I never would have thought about and its turning out to be even more exciting than I originally thought.



  • @Josey That's why I love bouncing around the threads on Nano. One of them just helped me organize why there's a war going on; I was so happy! ^_^ If my actual plot were more organized, I think I would be more open. I'll definitely be bouncing stuff off my sister this year.


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    @typical_demigod You can always use us as well! ;)



  • @Josey I will be! Right now I'm just trying to organize what I have of an outline so I can have at least chapter one outlined so I can start figuring out what exactly happens in chapter two, because right now I have no clue. (I have ideas already for chapters three and four, though, so it's all good headdesk)


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    @typical_demigod At least you know where you are starting (chapter 1) and heading (3 and 4). :D



  • @Josey That's true :D I mean, I have ideas for chapter two, I'm just not sure how many will end up being incorporated to chapter one and how many will actually be a part of chapter two.


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    @Niffer @Josey @typical_demigod I'm a bit late to this, but here are my thoughts. I think sci-fi doesn't mean much anymore, other than "futuristic". Originally, it meant that you were going to add some scientific ideas, or the implications of those ideas, to your stories.

    There are still authors that do just that, like recently The Martian or The Three Body Problem, but now is more, like @typical_demigod says, "story set really far in the future" (although I don't believe it has to be that far, think Black Mirror).

    In any case, sci-fi now is broad so you can just mix it with anything. And there are many branches of science you can use in your story as well, such as climate science, anthropology, quantum physics, cryptography, biology...


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