So, in case you missed it, I subbed for Tom last Thursday over at the YA Rebels, and I talked about the upcoming National Novel Writing Month.
On Saturday Mitch talked about getting prepped for NaNo on that same channel. Fate? I think YES!
National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, as the hip kids like to refer to it) is just two weeks away, and if you’re not sure what you want to do for it, now is the time to make up your mind! Like Mitch said, you will find your NaNo experience so much better if you have some sort of plan. Right now Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series, is doing a great series of posts on how she outlines books, from the perspective of someone who used to consider herself a pantser (though now realizes she’s really more of a blend).
In addition to that, though, there’s a neat little program I stumbled upon courtesy of said blog posts, that could be useful for you more technologically-savvy plotters out there: Scapple. It’s made by the same people who made Scrivener (which I ADORE), and is supposed to function as a free-form outlining tool for those who prefer typing to writing things down. There’s a free trial that I’m going to be giving a shot, just to see what it’s like, and you totally should too! If outlining is a necessary battle for you, then this program might be able to help you.