October is of particular note for writers as being the month before November, a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Though it’s bad form — not to mention against the rules — to start writing the novel before November 1st, we can start outlining.
If you’ve not participated in NaNoWriMo before, signing up is the first step. Then comes the novel prep. Now that we’re well and truly into October, outlining my NaNo novel and coming up with character sketches is high on my writing “to-do” list. I just have to figure out which of my ideas I’m going to dedicate 50,000 words to. I don’t normally outline, but I’ve found it invaluable if one intends to write 1,667 words a day. A weak outline was almost as much to blame as bad health for failure to win NaNo last year.
In addition to outlining, I find that stocking up on chocolate (or whatever your writing fuel of choice is) is a good idea. What strategies do you use, or intend to use, to get prepared for NaNoWriMo 2013?