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Oct
30

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 30

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 30 Day 30: Do you want to create a scene tracker? Story and setting. If an outline is the macro level of your plot, the scene tracker allows you to delve into greater detail on a scene-by-scene basis. Again, you may not need or want one, but you may find it useful to think of scenes in their component parts as you write your way through NaNo. You’ll want to have your outline handy for this, but you can also apply it just to the scenes you know you have even if you don’t have all of them yet. Action Plan: Fill out a scene tracker (such as this one or this...
Oct
13

Day 8: How do you prep for each session?

Day 8: How do you prep for each session? Almost two years ago I wrote the first post for Day 8 of the 30 Days of Gamemastering Challenge. With two more campaigns under my belt, my prep style has evolved (perhaps matured?) into a method that works for me. Well, two methods really: one I call “scene-based” session prep, and the other one more resembling a “sandbox” full of toys and other plot hooks. Which one I choose depends on the needs of the session as well as the campaign. For a linear campaign or adventure, the scene-based prep session works just fine, but for matrix-style...
Oct
13

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 13

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 13 Day 13: How does the protagonist get involved in the plot? Story and setting. Now that you’ve figured out who your protagonist is and how they fit in to your premise, consider what happens to make your character start to move to achieve that goal and get involved with the overarching plot. This is what’s called your key event, also known as the Call to Adventure, and it usually happens by the end of the first tenth of your novel. Action Plan: Brainstorm some circumstances that would disrupt the status quo, cause the protagonist to begin acting on their...
Oct
12

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 12

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 12 Day 12: Where does the protagonist begin and what sets off the chain reaction? Story and setting. Speaking of setting, now is the time to consider what the status quo for your protagonist looks like before they get caught up in the main conflict of the novel, or plot. What does their daily routine look like? What sorts of things are they looking forward to or dreading in the near future? While you’re introducing the readers to “normalcy” for the protagonist, what is going on behind the scenes that’s conspiring to upset the protagonist’s...
Oct
2

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 2

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 2 Day 2: What’s your one-sentence premise? Story and setting. In the introduction I wrote that you might not even have a story idea yet, or you might have several and you’re not sure which to stick with. There are lots of interesting ways to generate premises. One easy way is to ask yourself what book you would be most excited to read, or to make a list of your favorite things about your favorite novels, and mix and match. You could also review old journal entries or notes and see if you can combine them into something that captures your interest. Ask...

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