Since Sunday, I’ve been doing preliminary work on the novel I plan to start and possibly finish during NaNoWriMo. I’ve got a working plot synopsis and I’m starting on narrowing down my cast of characters. I knew I couldn’t just jump into this thing on November 1st without some background work.
I’m also going to start listing my scenes, starting with the pivotal ones. I read in James V. Smith Jr.’s Fiction Writer’s Brainstormer (which deal-finder hubby found and a recent trip to B&N for $5.98) that nailing down the major plot of the story to ten scenes or less is key to avoiding several mistakes, such as overwriting, wandering or too much complexity.
So I plan on figuring out what those scenes will be. I know it sounds like I’ve got it all together right now, and I sound like I’ve got a good start going. But it’ll probably all explode on November 1st, and I’ll end up wondering where I’m going and why I’m in a handbasket.