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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...

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 10

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 10 Day 10: Where does the story take place? Story and setting. Your premise has likely pointed you in one direction or another, but now it’s time to begin to nail down some details about your setting. What type of place will help mirror or juxtapose the theme/s you want to convey? What conditions have to be present to allow your protagonist and antagonist to exist and shape their primary desires? Is it...

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 4

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 4 Day 4: Who is your audience? Story and setting. Now that you’ve considered premise and theme, it’s time to begin narrowing down whom you are writing for. Based on the type of thematic questions you’re asking, which genre(s) does this story belong to? What genre norms/tropes do you want to hit or subvert? Who’s your target demographic? Where would you shelve this story in Barnes & Noble?...

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 3

31 Days of NaNoPrepMo: Day 3 Day 3: What themes will guide your story? Story and setting. The theme is what your story is fundamentally about. “[S]tories are our metaphors for life, our blueprints for living, and theme in particular is the specific truth about the human experience the writer wishes to convey to an audience. It’s the message, the moral, the meaning of your story, the reason for its existence besides making...

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...

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