Sunday, October 3, 2010

Prep Days 4-10

Here is a full week for those that are interested in the nanowrimo prep. And there is one day off too. Enjoy!

October 4th
Protagonist background story. Make the readers relate to the character and want to read about them. Even an unpleasant character can win some sympathy points given the right backstory (which may happen when the antagonist gets a turn).

October 5th
Marketing exercise: describe the target audience of the novel. Explain in detail what aspects of the novel that particular audience will enjoy and why.

October 6th
Get a pencil out (or excel, visio, or other drawing programs) and draw a physical sketch of a setting #1 in the novel. It's okay if you aren't a great drawer. (I have part of my bachelor's degree in art and I'm not good at drawing.)

October 7th
Describe setting #1 while using the senses to make a reader experience the scene.

October 8th
Antagonist character sketch. If it is a situation instead of a person, explain what it is and how it will create tension.

October 9th
Outline, second draft. Revise and then add more detail in beginning, middle and end.

October 10th
Day off.


Clara said...

Pretty cool schedule. Id be screwed if I had to draw my settings. I actually can draw pretty well, but only as far as characters go. Settings, backgrounds...i just plain and simple suck at them.

Dawn Embers said...

Clara - thanks. The good part about the sketches is no one has to actually see them. I feel lame cause I have a degree in art and suck at drawing. I'm even worst at drawing people/characters.

Saumya said...

Great schedule!! It really helps to map out a plan instead of blindly trying to do just anything the way I do. My rewrite is taking forever. Good luck and great blog!

Charlie said...

Wow! What a schedule! I've been thinking I need a schedule like that to prepare for nanowrimo, instead of...just write! :) Good luck to you, seems like you'll be prepared!

Dawn Embers said...

Saumya - Thank you. Glad you like the blog, but can't take much credit for the schedule since it's from a challenge group on

Charlie - It does help a little, even when I ignore the results during nanowrimo. Good luck to you too.

L'Aussie said...

Gosh! thanks for the day off. Phew. I'll need it, ha ha.

Seriously, Dawn, this is GRREATT!!

L'Aussie said...

Oh, and about sketching.I'm pleased I have a strong imagination. I can see my characters in my head in every detail, much better than the crummy sketches I'd do..:)

N. R. Williams said...

That is a good outline for starting up any novel.
N. R Williams, fantasy author

Dawn Embers said...

L'Aussie - hehehe. No problem. And yay for the imagination!

N.R. Williams - Thanks. It is useful though I've only used it for nanowrimo. Might have to try it for a different novel.

N. R. Williams said...

I have an award on my site for you.
N. R Williams, fantasy author

Joanne said...

Kudos to you for participating in nanowrimo. The pre-planning seems like a great idea to really get you started. I clicked over from N.R. Williams blog, enjoyed my visit here.

Dawn Embers said...

N.R. Williams - Wow. Thank you.

Joanne - Glad to have you on my humble blog. I love doing nanowrimo and hope to keep doing it in the future.