Can you believe November is here? I saw somewhere that there are only 8 more Fridays until Christmas. Crazy!

But that’s not important at the moment. It is November first, the beginning of an epic month for all novel writers: National Novel Writing Month!

I have to confess…I was supposed to do a post on Friday. I lost track of the days and forgot. Bad blogger!

Instead, I will just do a quick summary of what I was going to post about, and that is, well, summaries/outlines/notecards.

If you are a total panster (no planning what so ever), ignore most of this post.

For the rest of us, let us move to the last thing I will do before I start writing. To keep our novels on track (assuming you have a track) some kind of written guide is very helpful! If I keep it all in my head, I forget something or get things out of order or follow rabbit trails. Having a written guide helps me keep things straight and to follow those rabbit trails back to my core story.

For my last novel, I did notecards, writing a scene per card, with the color of the notecard corresponding to the point of view I was writing from. As I finish one, I move it to the back, read what I had in mind, the write the scene.

For this one, I think I’m just going to do a very loose outline. Basically, bullet points of the scenes. We will see how it goes!

If those are too much planning for you, there is also the quick summary. Just take a sheet of paper or a blank document and just write a general summary of the events in your novel.

Any of these might help clarify your plot and make your draft a little cleaner.

But enough of this. The most important thing now is to write. Got that? WRITE! It can be hard and frustrating and often what we put on paper is never as good as what is in our heads, but your one and only goal for this month is word count.

So if you haven’t done your word count for the day, get writing! It’s two in the morning here, so I’m off to bed 🙂 Night, everyone!

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