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So, as you have probably noticed if you have any presence in the writing community or social media in general, you are noticing the term Preptober being used all over the place.
One simply does not walk into Twitter and not see this hashtag haunting the pages.
What Is Preptober?
Simply put, Preptober is a month authors of all kinds and genres use to prepare for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In this four part series, I hope to help give you ways you can benefit the most from Preptober. If you’re stuck on how to schedule preptober in a way you find helpful, check out this helpful little schedule sheet.
What You Can Look Forward To:
To get your feet wet in what I’m planning, here’s a rundown:
- Part 1 – Deciding what to write
- Part 2 – Mind mapping v. Outlining v. Pantsing
- Part 3 – Deciding an outline method
- Part 4 – Fleshing out your outline
Without further hesitation, let’s get this show on the road.
If you’ve done NaNoWriMo then you know the goal is to begin a brand new project with the end goal of publishing it either traditionally, self-publishing or indie publishing.
It Gets Us All: The Question
Many authors struggle with this first question: What should I write? What genre is popular? What if the story I have doesn’t sell? I’m going to ask you to put away the question of popularity and selling and focus only on the story you, the author, wants to tell.
To figure it out, ask yourself these questions:
- What’s something you have either in your mind or written in a journal somewhere that you’ve always wanted to write but haven’t for any number of reasons?
- What story is going to keep you interested?
- What are you passionate about?
- Which one can you finish fastest?
By figuring out these questions, you’ve already helped yourself decide on a story you want to dedicate time and energy to. If you can’t answer these questions or fear you might get distracted, take a step back and write a few scenes.
Isn’t Writing before NaNo Cheating?
Believe it or not this isn’t cheating. Writing out a few scenes can help you get a feel for the characters you’re fixing to spend the next month with. Develop some locations, a music playlist, and some character sheets.
You may find you’re still stuck and that’s perfectly fine! Now is the time to catch up on your To Be Read List (TBR List) to get some inspiration. Reach for your favorite movies, play your favorite games (if you’re a gamer) and listen to your favorite music. You may just need to refill your think tank.
Once you know what you want to write, give yourself a few short sentences to describe your story. This is what we call an elevator pitch but I’ll cover more on that in a later post.
Never give up! There’s a story inside of you, you just may have to really dig deep to find it!
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