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.
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! 🙂