Here are four exercises you can do to help prepare yourself for NaNoWriMo:
- 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?
- Did any of your characters experience tragedy in their life? Write a quick scene about their saddest day(s) before your novel begins.
- 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.
- 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.