NaNoWriMo Prep – Day 6 of 9

Day 5 was lost in a sea of cookie baking. Like I said in the previous post, the demands of life, even the delicious ones, have a way of sneaking up on ya. I did, however, get something accomplished yesterday which dictates today’s prep work.

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Plot structure. For me, it’s not enough to know what happens in the story I’m about to write; I have to know when it’s going to happen. So I start with the basics.

  • Beginning: the incident that launches the story.
  • Middle: the event that turns everything upside down, leading to…
  • End: the climatic event that brings the story to its conclusion.

From here my left-brain kicks in. I’ll list the chapter numbers in order and mathematically determine where each of these events falls on that list. From there I’ll fill in the rest of the general events of the story, one for each chapter, creating a complete, albeit rough, outline.

It’s what works for me, and I find it very helpful in achieving the goal of 50,000 words in the month of November.

How do you plot? Is there a specific method you’re fond of? Or do you just prefer to wing it? 🙂

– Melinda

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