In the second instalment in my month long NaNoWriMo diaries, I’m sharing 5 free resources that could help you too, along with what changes have happened over the last week.
Last week I posted the first entry, where I shared some information on my current WIP and let you know my progress so far.
Like I said in my last post, I’m not writing my novel every day with a word goal in mind, I’m actually using this time to form a daily habit of working on my writing. So far, it’s going well! Let’s see where I’m up to and check out these 5 free resources.
How did the last week go?
So far I have stuck to my goal, and have worked on my writing every single day. Some days it’s been for a couple of hours, other days it’s been a lot less, but every day is some sort of contribution to the overall goal. I’m super happy with myself; I think by not putting a word count or end target in place, it’s allowed me to be much more relaxed and let the inspiration flow. I’m also loving listening to country music while I write, which is kind of funny because that’s not really the vibe of my story, but the angst and yearning seems to be helping!
I’m still very much in the research/outlining/plotting phase of my writing. I have a story and the characters in mind, but I love to learn, and I don’t think I could ever really be a pantser. Even in my day to life I like to know what to expect next!
With that in mind, I’ve been using two main books to help me out in the last week. First is Save The Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody and the second is Creating Character Arcs Workbook by K. M. Weiland. Both encourage you to really consider each facet of your character, setting and plot which I have found has actually helped a few things slide into place for me. I’m enjoying taking this time to build up my story before I go into the actual writing.
5 free resources to help with NaNoWriMo
1. NaNoWriMo themselves have a whole handbook available for you to download, called Nano 101 Prep. It features everything from creating complex characters to time management!
3. I have been binge watching Sarra Cannon’s videos on writing. She has lots of great advice as a successful self published author, daily NaNoWriMo vlogs but also some worksheets you can download for free which have been super helpful and a fab Google drive packed with help
4. Lila Willard, a freelance editor and story consultant, has lots of blog posts and other resources available. This post may be from 2014 but it has some great links!
5. Writing sprints can be super motivational, especially if you’re in middle of the ‘writing’ element of creating novel and need something to help push you along. NaNoWriMo host sprints every single day in November!
What are my plans for next week?
Using the books I’ve mentioned above, I feel as though I’m in a great place with my characters. I’ve had them in my head for a long, long time, but now they feel more three dimensional than ever.
I want to spend the next week getting to grips with the plot. Like with the characters, there is a lot of the plot and specific scenes that are already very clear to me, but using the resources such as the Save The Cat! Beat Sheet will help me make things that bit tighter.
Thank you for reading and I hope you find something that can help you in from the 5 free resources I’ve shared! I still feel like I’m going strong with this, so I hope I have something exciting to share with you next week.
Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo20? I’d love to chat!