NaNoWriMo Chronicles: Preptober Schedule

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September is quickly coming to a close and that means we are only a few days away from the first major portion of NaNoWriMo - Preptober. When you are a ‘prepper’, like I am, Preptober becomes an invaluable part of NaNoWriMo. You spend the month before working through the details of your novel concept. So, let’s take a look of what that will look like for us!

As per the established pattern each week will be broken into two different topics, the biggest difference for Preptober is that each week will have an overarching theme that governs those two smaller topics. Ready? Let’s go!

Week One: Welcome/Genre/Premise

Topic One: Welcome to Preptober!
In this topic I will go over run down of how Preptober works for me, and go into more detail of what we will be talking about.

Topic Two: Genre and Premise
We will cover the basic ideas of genre, and explore the most basic ways to create a premise for your story.

Week Two: Characters

Topic One: Character Creation
In this topic we will look at some of the easiest ways to build complex characters that can work in even the most intense plots.

Topic Two: A Few Characters
Here we will look at some of the different classic types of characters that can be found in novels as well as why you need most of them in your own work.

Week Three: Plotting

Topic One: Plotting and Story Arcs
Plotting is often times one of the hardest parts of planning a novel. We will look at the basics of plotting a story around a chosen story arc.

Topic Two: Scenes vs. Chapters
We will take a look at two of the primary ways to organize the scenes and plot points of a novel, chapters or scenes - or if you’re crazy, both.

Week Four: World Building

Topic One: What is World Building?
How is world building different from plotting? Why is world building important to your characters and plot? We will look at the basics of world building.

Topic Two: World Building Basics
World building doesn’t always come naturally, so we will take a look at some of the simplest ways to build a convincing world for your novel.

I’m very excited for Preptober to be starting and for all of you to follow in this journey with me!

Keep being creative! Keep writing!