I’m currently in Seattle with Bob Mayer. We came out here to teach about how to prepare for a successful NaNoWriMo to three different libraries. We gave two workshops today. We’ll do another one tomorrow.
We had a good turnout with a good group of writers. Always nice to teach to those who want to learn.
I’ve done NaNoWriMo a few times. I love it! I find it to be motivating. Inspiring. Really helps me focus on finishing the draft. I believe the key to having a successful NaNo month is to write down as much as you can about your book. Don’t start writing it, but hash out your idea, characters, plot. I’ve always believed if you don’t map out where you are going, you’re probably going to get lost.
Bob spent the first part of the workshop talking about The Original Idea, Conflict, and Narrative Structure, occasionally letting me speak. Then we opened up for questions and I got to speak a little more. Get Bob in a car or at a workshop and the quiet man never stops talking. Seriously. I learned the history of Seattle in an hour as we drove from one side of the city to the other, but I digress.
So, for those of you who plan on participating in NaNoWriMo, spend the rest of October preparing for success. Here are some slideshares of what we presented. I think you’ll find them very helpful.