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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Writer Club: Getting started for NaNo

Sadly this year I won't be taking part in NaNoWriMo.  With a new job and a baby on the way, life has me pulled in too many directions to start a new project.

But I took part last year, and I have to say, it was an amazing experience. 

So for any of you that might be looking of tips on making it through NaNo or looking for procrastination, I thought during this NaNo season, I'd offer my two cents.

Today, we're looking at a way to get started on NaNo.  For many writers, having a moment of inspiration is the easy part.  But if you are having a hard time getting started, here's a few places to go to look for a spark to get your flame going:

Plot Scenario Generator
Each time you refresh the page, you get a starting scenario and a secondary conflict.  Most of them are generic enough they could work for any genre.  Every now and then, though you get a suggestion from left field.  

So maybe you have an idea, but you don't know where to go after your first big scene.  Serendipity will give you a plot twist to help keep you going. You can generate up to fifty plot twists at a time.  Most of the suggestions edge on the silly side, but it can be a good way to loosen up your writing and getting over a rough patch.

Random Title Generator
If all else fails, sometimes just an intriguing title can give you the flicker of an idea.  Try this generator and see if it works for you.  Some of them are ridiculously silly, but there are some that are interesting enough that I'd pick them up in the store.

Where do you turn when you're stuck with no ideas?  Any of you planning on doing NaNo this year?


Miranda Hardy said...

Fun tricks. I'll be participating this year, and I'm a little nervous about it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm stuck for a solid idea, so I appreciate the links! Did NaNo last year, but not this year. Had fun though!

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