Still thinking about the writing next month?
Quick questions–are you writing a book NOW, too?
How do you do both?
Set aside time every day for your main WIP. BUT give yourself 15 minutes daily to prepare for next month.
Here’s a little something to work on:
There are a couple of ways to drive a story forward. One is with an intriguing plot. Another is with emotion–a feeling that flows through a novel.
So, I have to back up here. Once my sister stayed a summer with our wonderful grandmother and read romance after romance. My sister wrote me a letter. It went something like this: This afternoon I wandered through the darkened halls of Nanny’s home. The wood reflected my auburn-colored hair, like a fire in a fireplace. When I stepped into freedom, I saw the chiseled jaw of the mailman as he placed letters–love letters–in the mailbox. I ran across the field, grass whipping at my ankles, my gown slipping down my shoulders, revealing a bit of my ample breasts.
Okay–it wasn’t exactly that letter (she was like, 13), but sorta like that. There was a feeling in those Harlequins that Sam conveyed in her letter, making me laugh my guts out.
All our writing should have emotion.
In your 15 minutes today, play around with emotions you hope might be in your novel.
Do this for a few days this month. A quick emotion rush. Do heartbreak, sadness, fear, joy, loathing, love, excitement.
That first glimpse of the villain. That parting kiss from the murderer. That joke from a loved one.
Mix it up.
PS Our next get together will be the first week of December to talk about NaNo!