Working on my roadmap for NaNoWriMo. I have a general plot and I'm inventing subplots as I go, each of the four main sections ends with a big crisis. According to the roadmap, I have a great start, and need to work on the ending. I completely forgot two characters, so I have to go back and include them. One of them is the bad guy, the other is a friend of the heroine. Hopefully they will have lots to do in the second half of the story.
Found the Writer's Village University (WVU) crew on the NaNoWriMo forums, everyone's outlining and doing backstory like we were taught. One of them has a prior NaNo story under contract to be published and is working on the next installment this year. The book written by Chris Baty ("No Plot? No Problem!"), founder of NaNoWriMo, suggests leaving the prep work until a week before. He also suggests making two lists, things you like in novels and things you hate in novels, and getting a "reference book," to see how a novel you really like works.
NaNoWriMo is going to be a big challenge, and I am determined to hit the 50,000 word mark. It will be the longest piece of work I have written yet. Getting my roadmap complete should be a big help and I have three weeks to finish it. Hubby is helping with the roadmap, the programming (see post for Monday 11th Oct), and heading up the cheering section. He's also telling people what I'm doing, so I can't back out...
(PS: Sehlat, your socks will be done before I start the novel, promise!)