The start of our seriously silly writing challenge is now a mere one week away. If a participant is particularly good at free writing – putting pen to the page and writing for a specific period of time regardless of the scramble of words that pour out – it may not be necessary to do any preparation for NaNoWriMo. On the other hand, the time spent writing will be more productive if some forethought has gone into it.
My two best writing buddies are thinking ahead. Island Girl’s been doing the usual pre-planning plus she says she’s “setting up IV tubing now so I’m ready to mainline caffeine when NaNo starts.” And Elderfox is trying to figure out which of two prospective ideas “to dive into”. But what if you have absolutely no idea where to start?
Another talisman in my office is this magnetic board with its box of magnetic words. When my muse is being finicky I grab a handful of those words, toss them onto the board and move them into various possible combinations until sentences or phrases relating to a theme emerge. With it in mind I do some free writing until my mental gears feel lubricated, and then I get down to work. I’ve written some interesting poetry drafts this way, too, and come up with some short story ideas.
Do you have any exercises that help to prime your writing pump?
P.S. I’m Wildwood Gal on NaNoWriMo.