Planning for #NaNoWriMo 2016

  • @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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