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Most exercises are meant to be worked on for 15 minutes or so. Some may not take quite as long while others, like the outlines, can take a bit longer. Not every single assignment will apply but the goal is to try and do as many as possible in order to get to know the novel idea more before making the mad dash in November.
Friday, Oct. 01
The general premise of the novel. Summarize the following: Who is the protagonist (or protagonists)? What will happen to him/her/it/them? Why? How will it turn out? What does that tell us? Is there a moral to the story? Resources to help: howtowriteanovel.wordpress.com/ - creating_the_premise and Premise discussion on WDC.
Saturday, Oct. 02
Outline: first draft. Basic overview of main events. Check out the section on Outlining in this free ebook:
lazette.net/Free%20Stuff/NaNo.htm -other sources: WDC Blank Novel Outline - Snowflake Method and how-to-write-a-novel-outline
Sunday, Oct. 03
Character sketch: The protagonist, (one of them if there are more than that). A couple of resources to help: Fantasy Character Background Information, Character Profile Template , and http://www.engl.niu.edu/wac/char_sk.html