Hey there NaNoWriMo buddies!
How full is your novel?
- Do you have enough things?
- Make an inventory of every item in your wallet/backpack/purse/briefcase. Write 3-5 sentences for each item: what it looks/smells/feels/tastes like, where you got it and from whom/how long it’s been in said location and anything else that leaps to mind
- Put at least 4 items in your novel. Put ALL of them in if you can
- Make one of them into a weapon and USE it successfully AND unsuccessfully in 2 different scenes.
Your protagonist’s bag of groceries:
What’s in it? At least 12 items –
Write a scene where she or he or they cook an unspeakably horrible dish with the ingredients
What’s in your antagonist’s closet? 6 items minimum
Write a scene in which your antagonist’s secret clothing fetish is revealed
2. Do you have enough other Art Forms?
- Make one of your main characters a bad poet.
Write 3 poems and put them in a scene. Formal poetry is best for this. How about a terrible sonnet or a string of truly horrendous haiku?
- What play/musical/film are your characters producing/starring in/performing the music for/filming/ushering? Write at least 1 scene where something goes disastrously wrong or ridiculously, unexpectedly right. Or both.
3. Do you have enough points of view?
- CHANGE Narrators
Make someone else tell the story from her or his or their or its point of view. Pick a scene that ISN’T crucial to the main narrator/protagonist. Open it up and see what’s there.
4. Do you have enough Death and Mayhem?
- KILL somebody and/or stage a natural DISASTER
5. Do you have enough stories?
- Have someone in the book tell a completely different STORY about SOMETHING ELSE