Kelly and JJ kick off NaNoWriMo month! This week they talk about how to find an idea to write into a novel, and some tips about how to START writing.
It's all JJ, all the time this week!
Some Tips and Tricks
Keep a journal to write down scraps of ideas, or Story Seeds
Match any of the Story Seeds together for a novel--need at least 2 to start writing
If Story Seeds aren’t coming:
Write a list of your favourite books
Identify which tropes are contained within them (visit TV Tropes as needed)
Divide the tropes into Character, Premise, and Plot
Pick 2, see if it sparks anything and start writing
Start telling yourself the story—DON’T START WRITING YET—write a “long, shitty synopsis”
Figure out the inflection/turning points of the first act
Inciting Incident: the thing that changes the status quo
The Point of No Return: the moment the protagonist takes action and becomes personally involved
Describe your character using three adjectives, without describing their sex/gender, ethnicity, looks, or profession/occupation.
Specificity helps. BE SPECIFIC.
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
Second Sight by Cheryl Klein
Ash by Malinda Lo
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer
Enhanced e-editions of Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
Apologies for some audio issues at the end of the episode.
That's all for this week! Next week we'll have another pep talk for you, plus answering your questions! Comment with any questions you have for us about writing, drafting, motivation, etc. or send us as ask through Tumblr.