Preptober: Brainstorming Part 2

Okay.

So.

I’ve taken a couple of days to think over my list of story ideas. The thoughts have percolated. The elements have come together and…

I still don’t quite know what I’m going to write about. It’s not exactly that I have NO ideas, it’s just that the ideas haven’t fully formed yet. Normally I wouldn’t be concerned, only…

I HAVE LESS THAN A MONTH TO GET THIS READY!

So, today, I’m going to be doing a little more brainstorming. I’ve got my list of story elements and a few combinations of those elements in mind. So, what do I do now?

I think I’m going to try writing out a few skeleton outlines for these various ideas. I’m talking bare-bones outlining here. For this, I like to use 7-point story structure (a la Dan Wells) to get the general idea. I may do a longer post about this later, but in short the 7 points are:

  1. Hook
  2. Plot Point 1
  3. Pinch Point 1
  4. Midpoint
  5. Pinch Point 2
  6. Plot Point 2
  7. Resolution

I’m not going to get too precious with these. I’ll write at most a sentence for each. I’m trying to get a very rough idea of where the stories would actually go if I chose to write them. That way I can decide which one I’m most excited to spend time with in November.

Hopefully next time we meet, I will have my idea chosen.

How is your Preptober going? Do you have your idea all settled? Or are you still wading through a sea of ideas to see which ones sink and which ones swim? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Published by Robin J

I’m an aspiring novelist who hasn’t quite figured out this whole writing thing. I’ve been scribbling down stories since I was a little kid, but only dared to dream that I could write something worth reading as I became an adult. At 33, I still feel like I have a lot of progress to make before I’m ready to try publishing, but I’m getting better every day. Typically I write Fantasy (of both the Adult and YA varieties), but I have dipped my toe in Romance and Sci-Fi. When coming up with a story to write, all I care about is that the plot grabs my attention and the characters tug at my heartstrings. The genre is an afterthought. I tend to set myself lofty goals. Mostly I fail, but occasionally I surprise myself and succeed. Either way, I enjoy being pushed beyond the limits of what I thought I could do. That’s what I’m hoping to accomplish with the Milwordy challenge. I may or may not reach the full million words, but I know I’m going to learn a lot along the way. I hope you will, too!

2 thoughts on “Preptober: Brainstorming Part 2

  1. I think I will be participating as a rebel this year. I am currently in the rewriting stage of my novel and don’t think I will be done in time to start a new project for NaNo

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