Lesson Three: THE CENTER OF THE PARADOX!

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SO, you want to be a rebel, eh?!?!

You just HATE outlining, do you??

You just can’t for the life of you figure out WTF is going to happen in your novel past  Act 1??
You shudder at the very mention of ACTS and STRUCTURE and turn up your nose at all that “rubbish”??

Think you don’t need to give any thought whatsoever as to the make-up of your novel before plunging into the 30 days and nights of literary abandon then???

BULLSHIT!

GET YOUR SORRY ASS INTO THIS BOOT CAMP AND FIND OUT HOW YOU TOO CAN LET KICK-ASS NANO NOVELS POUR FORTH FROM YOUR FINGERTIPS ACCORDING TO A PLAN – BUT WITHOUT AN OUTLINE!!!!!!!  *GASP!*

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PREP WEEK THREE: ESSENTIAL TRAITS OF MEMORABLE STORIES

REQUIRED READING: “6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline” by Steven James

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SUPER-SECRET SECRET???

YES???

Well step on up cuz I’m about to lay it on ya! …..

YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE AN OUTLINE TO KICK ASS AT NANOWRIMO!!!!!

What what WHAT!?!??!

THAT’S RIGHT!!!

But you DO still need to have some sort of PLAN!!!!

YES.

Shut up, sit down, do it!!!!!

Even for pantsers, this IS NOT HARD!

Trust me, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

And at the end of NaNo you can look back upon your 50k words and heave a great sigh of relief that you do not have to spend the next YEAR editing a mound of CRAP!!!!

So, what is this magic pantser formula??

All you have to do is FIRST, look over the guidelines for key scenes and know how to create empathetic characters, and THEN check off each item on the following To Do List:

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Keep your scenes and characters in line with this list and you will probably not get lost off along the brambles!  But if you do  happen to get lost, explore a bit, leave a marker flag, machete your way back to the path, and then keep on writing!!!  If that little meander takes you someplace good, run with it, if not – AXE IT!!!

We only have 30 days here, people!

No time for dillydallying!!!!

If you want FABULOUS, EXPERT advice on writing awesomesauce without a recipe and way more details on all of the To Do List items, READ THIS ARTICLE by Steven James!!

DO IT!!! 

“In storytelling, what will happen informs what is happening, and what is happening informs what did. You cannot know where a story needs to go until you know where it’s been, but you cannot know where it needs to have been until you know where it’s going.  It’s a paradox.”  — Steven James

That’s all there is to it!  Now, you have ONE WEEK, that’s SEVEN ENTIRE DAYS, to ruminate on these essential elements of memorable stories!!!!!

DO THIS, and avoid shooting yourself in the foot during your 30 days of literary abandon!  Avoid curling into the fetal position in the middle of November because you can’t remember what few things you’re supposed to be keeping in mind as you sling out words and characters and actions haphazardly onto the page!! Now you have a PLAN, fellow writer, a MAP TO AWESOMENESS – SO FOLLOW IT!

NO EXCUSES!  NO WHINING!

JUST WRITE!


NEXT >> PREP WEEK FOUR: SURVIVAL!


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