I’m up early this morning doing the Muse Online Workshop. I’m not sure how I’ll go with the live chats as most of them run from about 1am, if the insomnia is playing up I’ll be right. Somehow, I think by the end of the week I’ll be a mess if I try to stay up late every night. Anyway, they have a forum, so I thought I’d post the link here for anyone interested in having a look: http://www.websitetoolbox.com/mb/muse2008conference there are quite a few good discussions on there so it might be worth a look.
The other link I have is 30 Tip for 30 Days, tips to help you through NaNoWriMo:
http://devonsdownloads.tripod.com/30Tips30Days/30_TIPS_FOR_30_DAYS.pdf it doesn’t look to bad either.
It’s almost 6.30am; I’ve been up since 1.30 so if some of this is gibberish you’ll know why. Anyway, I thought I’d write about getting yourself prepared for the big month ahead. According to my nifty little book, I got with my ‘No Plot? No Problem! Novel-Writing Kit’ there's five steps in preparing to write.
STEP ONE: PICK YOUR MONTH: This is already done for us, we know our month, NOVEMBER!
STEP TWO: PICK YOUR PLAYER: Pick how you’re going to have cheering you on, giving you a shoulder to cry on or a boot in the bum when needed. You can have family members (if they write great, if not use them as a cheer squad) family are normally your biggest supports they are the one that want to see you succeed, friends – these are the one that enjoy pushing you, egging you on to achieve your goal. Then there are your writing pals, the one that understand what you go through each day trying to write a masterpiece. They understand what it is like to have characters nattering away in your head while you try to write one story and they want you to write THEIR story, RIGHT NOW!
STEP THREE: SPREAD THE WORD: Let everyone know what you are doing and why you are doing it. Who knows you might find someone around you that has their own story they want to write. Plus let non-writes know that you won’t have time for the weekly coffee drop-in, hour long chats etc.
STEP FOUR: FILL OUT THE AFFIDAVIT: I’m not sure where it is on the site, LOL. But if anyone wants one let me know and I’ll email you a copy on one I scanned. The idea is to sign it, get it witnessed and then you are locked in, ready to stick to your commitment.
STEP FIVE: THINK ABOUT YOUR BOOK: Take the next couple of weeks to think about what you are going to write. Make notes, outline and plot if that is your thing, do whatever you need to do so that come November 1 you are ready to sit at your computer and stat typing.
That’s it from me for this week, I’m off to bed to try to catch up on some sleep so I can be up by 8.30 to start editing and be ready for my next on line chat.
Catch ya later.