Story Ideas For NaNoWriMo 2016

I’m getting ready for NaNoWriMo 2016. This is my third year participating in the National Novel Writing Month.

I don’t seem to have a problem coming up with story ideas, the tricky part for me is culling through them to find that gem. The idea that can carry a full length novel. An idea that can turn into a story that will keep readers turning the pages.

I write down my ideas in the form of loglines that include a general description of who the main character is, the situation, the main conflict, and the main character’s goal. Most of the time I also jot down the beginning and end of the story. These may change but they give me anchor points for the story. Which I need because I’m a total pantser.

Last year I tried being a planner but it didn’t work so well. I feel more comfortable letting the story unfold as I type.

Are you a pantser or a planner?

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View from the mobile writing studio.

My Writing Studio

I have a mobile writing studio. It’s set up in my van which I like to drive to different locations, make myself a cup of coffee or tea, and start writing.

My van is a camper conversion with a kitchen, bathroom, and sitting area with a table. I set up my laptop and off I go wandering into my story.

I thought it would be fun to write this blog while sitting in different locations, which I will either describe or post a photo of.  Today I’m sitting high above the ocean, getting a little battered by the wind.

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Inspiring!