Fiction University: NaNoWriMo Prep: Planning Your Novel

Source: Fiction University: NaNoWriMo Prep: Planning Your Novel

There’s some great information in there. Check it out. I’m still undecided if I should do the NaNoWriMo this year. I’m having a massive attack of ‘why do I write at all?’ self-doubts. I know it’ll pass, but when? If you consider to go for it, that site will be helpful.


6 thoughts on “Fiction University: NaNoWriMo Prep: Planning Your Novel

  1. Dear Gabriele,

    I’ve thought about NaNoWriMo and always decide that it’s not enough time for me to come up with a novel. I’d urge you to work through by writing whatever you decide to do. Doubts are normal. I have them every week with Friday Fictioneers.



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  2. Thank you, Rochelle. I have so many ideas, but each time I go deeper into one, it evolves into a mammoth project of research and world building. I’ve been struggling with this Science Fiction story I started last year… I still like the idea, but I’d need years and years for proper research alone, which is ok, I’m not in a race I thought. But then comes this: it’s based on a backstory I made up about a somewhat dystopian world after some major disasters somewhere in the near future. But there comes the US election campaign, and not only that. Things are going on in my own country, in the rest of Europe, elsewhere… and all of a sudden my fiction is far too close to reality–or the other way around. Do you remember what canon-shafted means in fanfic? I feel I might be canon-shafted by real world events.
    Also I’m very stressed by work andlife stuff–it will pass.
    I’m not sure though if I should stick to the Science Fiction story, or write something else for a while and let the Science Fiction simmer.
    Thanks for letting me whine, and the Friday Fictioneers always are the best to keep writing even when I’m feeling down.

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  3. I’ve never heard the term canon-shafted, but I can guess at its meaning from your description. I’m no expert, with only one NaNo and one Camp NaNo under my belt, but I feel like you need a pretty good sense of what you want to write — and really *want* to write it — if you’re going to push out 50000 words in one month. I’ve listened to you struggle with this story for a while and get more frustrated by it. Maybe moving to another idea will get you excited about writing again?

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    1. Thank you Joy. Being canon shafted happens when you write fanfic about a series of books or tv shows and write something that hasn’t happened in the books/show yet (usually ‘ships’ and the circumstances surrounding them). Then the new book/season comes and brings you completely new developments–and some thing in your story can’t happen any more because the character was eaten by a dinosaur, sent to live with his grandma, or cured from her werewolf affliction. New canon, nothing to be done about. 😀 You then swim in an alternate universe.

      I’m usually not so worked up about other peoples’ elections but this one is affecting everyone more than usual. Watching phrases right out of Hitler’s and Göbbel’s school of demagogy and so many American people falling for it leaves me speechless.This was the German domain, we’re shamed and hated for it, you’d expect this from us, but not from other people, least of all Americans. And the nonchalance with which nukes are thrown into the discussion… Do people these days not know what would happen in a full-blown nuclear war? No one wins this, no one survives this…
      Anyway, I’m stressed out and tired and don’t really ‘want’ to write. Should I take a break? Will I get the mojo back? Should I force myself to do it? I’m not sure. I’m a bit afraid of not getting into the writing again if I stop now. And then I ask myself, who cares? Answer: same people as before. See, I’m rational. 😉

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      1. This is definitely an election worth getting worked up over, I agree. But that’s one of the things I like best about writing speculative fiction. When the real world goes especially insane, I can retreat into my fictional world, which might have plenty of its own crises, but at least they’re imaginary. And I can solve them!

        The longer I don’t write, the more I don’t want to write. I get out of the zone. Sometimes I have to push myself back under water, as it were, and only then do I remember I like to swim. Recently, for instance, I hadn’t done much more than some halfhearted editing on my novel for over five weeks. I forced myself to write a scene I’d been swishing around in my brain and then took it to writers group for feedback and wow, now I’m back in the zone again.

        And who cares? You’re right: same people as before. ❤

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  4. I remember when you were troubled with the writing, I’m glad you found the zone again. I’m the opposite. I need to be happy or at least content to be able to write. When I’m upset, sad, worried–I freeze. Going to try to at least write the weekly Friday Fictioneers…


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