NaNoWriMo Brainstorming Starters For Turkey Week

We are well into NaNoWriMo. Whether you are accomplishing your goals, or just plan refusing to give up don’t let the turkey get you down.

Thanksgiving is for time with family, but here you are crunching words on the page. Time for a schedule intervention to get you through Thanksgiving Week still on top of your word count.

Brainstorming Starters For Turkey Week:

*Brainstorm 5 ways you are going to get your word count done for this week and still have time to spend with family. For some of you, this means getting your word count done by Wednesday because you are leaving town. For others it means adding Saturday to your writing week and additional words each day. Whatever your family schedule requires, plan ahead so you don’t bake your NaNoWriMo dreams.

*Ask your character how their family plays a role in your story. Often we let our characters dance on the page alone without family, friends, or others that most of interact with frequently. Build in relationship moments that show a part of your character’s foundation, whether good or bad.

*Ask yourself what time of year is your story taking place and are there any festivities that can feed into the story making it more real. There are holidays and seasonal activities that can enrich our stories. Apple picking in Minnesota in the fall has a certain festive feel. We can more easily create that warm sigh moment drawing on our reader’s memories.

*What community personality can you add to a scene today to make reader’s feel as if they are right there with you, experiencing the town. Every town has a unique flavor. Let its richness come out in the sounds, smells, and other senses. Imagine your setting in a travel magazine. What picture would they feature?

*What are your hero and heroine’s favorite holiday memory and what does that say about them? The characters can share these memories with each other or keep them to themselves, but the power of understanding their emotions surrounding their favorite time of year can come into play.

What tips do you have for a successful NaNoWriMo Thanksgiving week, or how are you planning to navigate the schedule and still get some writing done?

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Brainstorming Starters For Turkey Week

  1. For one thing, I’m going to shut my Internet down! lol. Some weeks, it’s impossible to make your word count, so you adjust. That’s what I’m doing this week. *sigh* But family is important!

  2. jeannemt says:

    I love your thoughts, Michelle. Though I’m not doing NaNo this year, I think your ideas still apply.

    For me, the way I get words on the pages, or revisions, is I’m getting up early. When we drive an hour on Thursday to meet with my family, I plan to bring my computer with me and write on the road.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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