Plans for (and until) NaNoWriMo

Hello everyone! I haven’t made a post since…the beginning of August!? I really need to work on that.

Since November’s getting closer, I’ve been plotting out an idea that’s been swimming around my head for a couple of months. It’s coming along very nicely, except for a few things. Most importantly, the title.

I have such a hard time thinking of non-obvious titles.

Normally I have something in mind – last year’s NaNo & this year’s Camp NaNo projects were pretty easy to name – but I’m completely drawing a blank on this one. I’ve thought about naming the novel after a character, but that wouldn’t work – there is no one character where this would work. I’ve thought about naming it after the setting…which still wouldn’t work. The main conflict, perhaps?

Maybe once I flesh everything out a little bit more something will come to me. Or maybe I’ll just go with something allegorical.

Anyway, plotting my unnamed NaNo novel isn’t the only thing I’ll be doing. I recently finished The Gate at the End of the World, a script I’ve been working on since the 8th of June. I’ve let it sit for a few days, and now I’ve got an idea of how to edit it.

Unfortunately, that idea is “change the setting and plot entirely and go back to the original idea I had”.

So I really won’t be editing at all. I’ll just be writing a completely new story in a completely new setting, and I have to do more research and create an entirely different conlang.

I’m actually pretty happy about this, since I wasn’t feeling too good about The Gate when I was writing it. This change should make for a much better story.

So is anyone else plotting for NaNo?

7 thoughts on “Plans for (and until) NaNoWriMo

  1. I’m doing a bit of plotting, but for now I’m mostly working on training myself to write large quantities of words every day. I’m hoping to come up with a decent outline in October.

    • Yeah, I’ve been thinking about training myself to write more, too. Right now I’m not writing very much.

  2. I’m thinking of a second draft of the novel I wrote last year. I’ve got some new characters and new world building that I want to work in, and that alone will be a lot of changes.

  3. I just finished a chapter-by-chapter outline for my NaNoNovel, but I’m totally with you on the naming issue! How do you usually find a non-obvious one? Does it just come to you later? (The Gate at the End of the World is an amazing title though, and good luck on reworking it!)

    • Yeah, it usually ends up coming to me later. Once I’ve written a bit, I have a better idea on how the story’s going to go (since I often end up ignoring the outline), so it becomes easier to name.

  4. I just have the teeniest, tiniest tickle of an idea right now. Maybe three characters and a situation that interests me. But then, I think that’s more or less all I ever have when I start writing.

    • For several years, that’s all I started with for NaNo. And those novels turned out pretty okay!

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