Preparing for NaNoWriMo Part Six: Arc

I’ve written part six of my series about getting ready for this NaNoWriMo, using examples from my past novels and this year’s.

Now we’re on to arc as we get onto the final stretch before November. It’s great having ideas, after all, but what is going to happen in your story?

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

What is NaNoWriMo and why am I reading this?

The Big Idea

Theme and Mood

Characters

Setting

Arc

Scene-by-Scene

I’m planning to write a couple of articles linked to these topics, but won’t get on to them yet as I’ve got a big list of things to do any may not get more than one finished in time.

I have a list of writing projects to get in order before NaNoWriMo, as it’s only eight days away.

* Layout the new draft of Metal Made Flesh #0 > If successful, script the new sections.

* Give the Explosion High! artist Mike Armstrong anything he needs for his character designs.

* Prepare for my monthly RPG session.

* Finish the final NaNo article.

* Edit my novella’s first part.

* Release at least one more e-book version of a short story. Luckily Webmaster/Proofreader extraordinare, Steve, is helping.

* Edit my two Killed by Ghosts reviews.

So all of that is due in eight days, with a break for the MCM Expo on Saturday. If any of you are there, I’ll be handing out business cards and trying to seem like a far more professional writer than I actually am at this stage. I’ve probably not mentioned a lot of those projects thoroughly enough yet, but will soon. Oh yes, soon…

In final news, my beloved Robot Attack coffee mug died. I’m a dyspraxic man, clumsiness happens and objects get destroyed. This mug, while not a muse, has been with me when I’ve written at home for about four years now. I’m bereft. One of my missions at the MCM will be to replace it with something worthy of holding my coffee during NaNoWriMo. Here’s a photo of my dead mug.

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