NaNo Prep – A Race to the Finish?

I have that wheels are just about to fall off when it comes to my NaNoWriMo planning. I have been trying to plan this thing for a month now, and I don’t really have a solid premise written. I would be happy with a one sentence on, really, telling me what this thing is about. Still, I have enough for four chapters or so, so that should get me almost through week one of NaNoWriMo.

The funny thing is I made some decent progress on the brainstorming this morning while trying to rock my eight-month-old back to sleep at 5:00 AM this morning. For some reason, the little guy wakes up around that time every day, like there is a little baby alarm clock in his head. That time is usually Daddy time, because I like to give my wife the extra minutes of sleep since she needs the energy to herd the kids throughout the day.

Anyhow, as I was rocking him I got some pretty good ideas. I had to keep repeating them in my head so I wouldn’t forget them. When he finally fell asleep at 6:00 AM, I put him down and typed up my thoughts as fast as I could, knowing he would most likely not sleep very long.

So, I’m tired (that’s my usual setting, so not a big deal) and a little bit frustrated. I keep telling myself I’m in better shape planning that I have been in years past. Still, if you are listening Muse, please visit me soon. It’s getting lonely here.

5 thoughts on “NaNo Prep – A Race to the Finish?

  1. The muses are flying around enjoying their last few days of freedom.

    I heard a rumor, from a reliable source, that there was going to be one really big muse party on Halloween.

    I allowed my muse to go, but made her promise to show up on Sunday morning. She made me promise to brew lots of hot coffee.

  2. What a good daddy!

    I rarely come up with plot ideas when I sit and think of them. They’ll come up when I’m writing something else (like, a character will do something random and it just FITS a plot whole later in the story that they can fill). I also like looking through newspapers or HowStuffWorks for articles or random ideas that I can use in different stories. They don’t always fit my current project, but I keep them all in a binder so I can flip through it later for inspiration. And then my favorite, magazine image clippings. Again, I keep those in the inspiration binder (in those old peel away photo album pages that we don’t use anymore), and I pick images I just LIKE and I usually flesh out the details of a story or character that way. But the big stuff . . . big turning points and stuff . . . news stories tend to work better.

    Gosh, I have so much left to do!

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