Your complete guide to NaNoWriMo
The ultimate daily plot point guide for NaNoWriMo. Each day covers a different aspect of plotting and is matched with the word count so you are always in the right place. Use it as a companion to your writing, either as you pants your way through or as a preplanning calendar. There’s no wrong way to write.
Start with the complete overview:
Then, read each post for more detailed explanations of daily story goals. Even if you don’t write with a plan, you should write with goals.
Come back every day in November to see what you need for tomorrow.
- NaNoWriMo Plot Point Calendar - Use this NaNoWriMo calendar in your preparation for this November. Use the daily word counts and matching plot points to keep your story on track
- NaNoWriMo beginners guide day 1 - The Manuscript Shredder's NaNoWriMo Beginner's Guide begins with first chapter do's and don'ts. Start your story the right way
- Opening Chapters: NaNoWriMo day 2 - Opening chapters are more than plot. They must create the character and her world while preparing the reader for what's ahead.
- Hooks versus Themes NaNoWriMo day 3 - Hooks versus themes.The difference between theme and hook can be confusing. Learn what they are and why your story needs them.
- Introducing the stakes NaNoWriMo day 4 - Stakes are the consequences you character faces. They are a critical part of your story Without them, readers won't care if your character wins
- Crafting your Inciting Incident NaNoWriMo day 5 - The inciting incident is the event that forces the character to action. It is the one event that sets him on his path. Make sure yours is up to the task
- First Plot Point NaNoWriMo day 6 - The first plot point is the moment everything is laid out: the stakes, the task, and the opposition. The hero's bag is packed. Now, the journey begins.
- Character Flaws NaNoWriMo day 7 - Character flaws are the elements that add realism. They add depth and dimension. Without a flaw, your character will seem flat and too perfect
- Writing Secondary Characters NaNoWriMo day 8 - Are your secondary characters lazy? Make them do their jobs
- Letting Characters Fail NaNoWriMo day 9 - Letting characters fail The basis of a character arc is change. By letting characters fail, you will force them to move forward in their arc. If they never lose, they will never learn. Creating Character Arcs This is from the Pixar's Inside Out. If you haven’t…
- Show, Don’t Tell NaNoWriMo day 10 - “Show, don’t tell” is one of the most commonly spouted pieces of advice authors hear. One simple question will fix this common problem
- The First Pinch Point NaNoWriMo day 11 - The character lie is the reason your character can’t get what he wants. Challenge that lie with the first pinch point.
- Character Lie NaNoWriMo Day 12 - You’ve just challenged your character lie, now determine how the lie fights back. A breakdown of character responses by plot structure and hero type.
- The False New Normal NaNoWriMo day 13 - Your character’s lie has survived its first battle, but it took some damage. The next steps in the transformation arc begin with the false new normal.
- Recommitment to the Quest NaNoWriMo day 14 - Recommitment is the midpoint of your novel. The hero must decide to abandon his safe but uncomfortable existence or continue his journey.
- The Protagonist Gets Proactive NaNoWriMo day 15 - Your main character is ready to make her battle plans. Whether these battle plans are literal or figurative, make sure they reflect the character arc.
- Keeping low action scenes interesting NaNoWriMo day 16 - Low action scenes don't have to be boing. Tips for keeping the forward momentum in your story even during your low action scenes.
- Writing Action Scenes NaNoWriMo day 17 - Writing actions scenes might seem intimidating, but by following these seven easy tips, your action scenes can be the most effective in your novel
- Writing Fight Scenes NaNoWriMo day 18 - Guidelines and helpful hints for writing fight scenes.
- Second Pinch Point NaNoWriMo day 19 - The second pinch point is the beginning of the collapse. Whatever you decide to do to ruin your hero’s plan, make it a powerful one.
- New Belief Crumbles NaNoWriMo day 20 - Today, the main character has failed his test. His character arc is in ruins. In the sequel to the second plot point, the new belief crumbles.
- All Hope is Lost NaNoWriMo day 21 - The character arc is in shambles. Now, the character is floundering. Ruled by the original lie, the hero can no longer move forward. All hope is lost.
- The Second Plot Point NaNoWriMo day 22 - The second plot point is the final piece of information the character needs to complete his arc and finally solve his problem
- No Victory Without Sacrifice NaNoWriMo day 23 - No victory without sacrifice is an optional plot point intended to add emotional depth to the character journey. Some tips to make it feel more meaningful.
- Planning for the Final Battle NaNoWriMo day 24 - While your hero is planning for the final battle she needs to tie up loose ends. Now is the time to mend bridges and reassemble the team.
- Creating Anticipation NaNoWriMo day 25 - This scene is about creating anticipation. Pull your readers in by reminding them what’s at stake and why they need to know how this all will end.
- The Final Battle Part 1 NaNoWriMo day 26 - The fight has just begun, but your character’s journey is nearly over. Now everything is in place. This time your hero is ready for the final battle part 1
- The Final Battle part 2 NaNoWriMo day 27 - The final battle part 2 is the last step before the climax. Don’t ruin your ending by falling into cliché and lazy solutions
- Writing the Climactic Scene NaNoWriMo day 28 - The climactic scene is the hero’s last confrontation with the antagonist and her personal lie. Tips for getting the most out of this scene
- The Falling Action NaNoWriMo day 29 - Too many writers rush through the falling action. The main battle may be over, but there is still plenty to do. Tips for writing the falling action
- The New Normal NaNoWriMo day 30 - The new normal is a short scene that shows what the hero’s life will be like from now on. Without this scene, the story will feel incomplete and rushed
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