Last year I had the luxury of writing my NaNoWriMo novel by the seat of my pants. I sort of had to because I didn’t hear about it until November 3 so there was no time for planning. I had lots of time on empty flights and lonely hotel overnights to piece the story together. Even though I’m now on a leave of absence from work, having a new baby to take care of occupies about 18 hours of my day. (I’m lucky if I get to use the other six for sleeping.
I’ll have to be much more calculating in my preparation this year. I’m going to try to do an abbreviated Snowflake Method approach to this year’s NaNoWriMo. The Snowflake Method is something I read about on the NaNoWriMo forums last year. This guy Randy Ingermanson calls himself “America’s Mad Professor of Fiction Writing” (who doesn’t love a mad professor?) and he’s created a novel writing formula called The Snowflake Method.
The Snowflake Method is a 10 step program for organizing and preparing to write a novel. It would typically take 4-6 weeks to complete steps 1-8 but I aim to get them done in 16 days. And that’s only if I start today. But anyone participating in NaNoWriMo is probably insane anyway so if they can write a novel in a month, why not do the planning in 16 days?