NaNoWriMo and nap plotting

National Novel Writing Month & The Importance of nap plotting

Alas, I’ve been a bad blogger over the last few weeks. 😦  Life got busy, as it tends to do, but, like the prodigal daughter, I have returned.  So, let’s slaughter the fatted calf or NaNoWriMo word counts, if we can manage it…

I don’t know about you, but I like to have a loose idea about my scenes or chapters before I write them.  I’m not a hard-core outliner, though sometimes if  I have a full story idea in my mind, I will jot down notes for future scenes (out of fear of forgetfulness).

But, I am a fan of what I call visualizations…also known as nap plotting.

imageHear me out, this isn’t just an excuse to nap – well, maybe a little. 🙂

When I get to a difficult bit in a story (patch of dialogue, a character stuck somewhere, or a scene not flowing), I find it helpful to visualize what will happen next. And really, you can’t properly visualize without closing your eyes.

…and since visualizations take a while, shouldn’t your neck also be supported and your head comfortable?

….and it is November, so clearly snuggling into that blanket can only help the situation.  🙂

Most of the time after my nap-plotting, I know what my characters should do next.  Of course, there are times when I wake up without a clue of what should happen next.  But hey, a nap can never really be counted as a loss.  Besides, maybe my writer brain just needed to turn off before coming up with my next idea.  Speaking of which, I need to “visualize” the next part of the my novel and hopefully I won’t drool too much on my notebook the time…. 😉

Happy November and happy novel writing, writers!  May your pens be mighty and your plots be strong! 🙂