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I am bubbling with ideas right now. They are coming thick and fast for my first NaNoWriMo novel, codename Morgan.
It has made me consider what is going on, because I always thought I was a non-fiction writer. I have had ideas for many things, but never fiction characters or situations…until now!
Here are my first 5 tips for NaNoWrMo preparation:
- Give yourself permission to write whatever comes. It doesn't matter. It's just about having fun! I have written on permission before. It is incredibly important to release your mental blocks.
- Refrain from writing. Write down ideas and moments but don't expand on them. Get frustrated with the need to write. I am literally straining at the bit to get started (and all those other wonderful cliches!). Be desperate to write and express yourself.
- Be open to ideas from all sources. Keep your mind open to anything that can add to your story. It might be other writing, some music. Flashes will come with little snippets of conversation, a scene perhaps, a memory to trigger an event in the book.
- Let the ideas percolate together. Let your mind work on the core idea while you sleep, while you exercise and muse on the commute. Muddling them together will create new ideas, new situations.
- Explode into action when the time comes. For me, this is November, so I am holding off until then according to the NaNoWriMo rules.
These have been keys to my poetry writing in the past, and perhaps this will help me through the fiction process.
What helps you to generate ideas and fuel the creative bubbling?