Some exercises to prepare for NaNo

Here are four exercises you can do to help prepare yourself for NaNoWriMo:

  1. take one or two of your characters from your novel-to-be and place them in an uncomfortable situation: e.g., kidnapped or captured by someone. How do they react? What do they do? What do they say?
  2. Did any of your characters experience tragedy in their life? Write a quick scene about their saddest day(s) before your novel begins.
  3. think of an alternate genre you’re not going to write this November. Take some of your characters from this year’s novel and write them into a short-short story based in this alternate genre.
  4. Take a setting from one of your novel’s scenes. Write a short story with different characters at that setting a generation before your novel takes place.

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