So…Camp NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow. *cue major freak out because WHERE IN THE WORLD DID MARCH GO?* Hopefully you’re not too panicked, but I’m pretty sure all of you are feeling a mix of nervousness and excitement right now. That said, here’s a fun little quiz to see how YOU prepare for NaNoWriMo. Please, please, PLEASE don’t let this quiz get you stressed out. It’s just a (hopefully) fun little thing, and there are no right or wrong results. Everyone works differently, and even if you think you haven’t planned as much as you wanted to, don’t stress out too much. Just have fun with NaNo and remember that you can always go back and revise your work. Also, every word you write brings you closer to being a better writer. YOU CAN DO THIS!
And now I’m rambling, so here’s the quiz.
1) What have you done to flesh out your characters?
a. Dude, I have no need to flesh out my characters. I’m only allowed 140 characters for each tweet, so I need to minimize-NOT maximize. Wait-that’s what you’re talking about, right?
b. Well. I know their names and their eye colors. I’ll just let them grow on their own for the rest of the story.
c. Oh, you know. The basic stuff. I’ve figured out what each of my characters wants, internally and externally, as well as their basic personalities and character arcs.
d. LOTS OF THINGS. I’ve done detailed character profiles, interviewed all of them, done voice journals for all of them, and plotted out every detail of their character arcs.
2) How much do you know about your setting?
a. I live in a house in a town. And then there’s other houses. And plant things. And other stuff.
b. I kind of see a mental picture of my setting in my head, you know? I just haven’t written any of it down.
c. I wrote a few details down about the nature and different characteristics of the setting in my book.
d. I basically did the same thing as I did with my characters-at least when it comes to the profile part. Oh, yea, and I drew this huge map. Maps make me happy. 🙂
3) How did you go about figuring out the plot of your novel?
a. Plot? The only plotting I’ve been doing is figuring out a whole list of April Fool’s Day pranks for each person in my life. *snickers*
b. Well, I kind of mapped out the story in my head a little bit. I’ve done it in bits and pieces when I’m doing mindless tasks.
c. I have some of the major plot points written down, but the rest is still stewing in my head.
d. I have a stack of 60 index cards with all of my scenes written on them sitting write next to me right now. Do you know how many beat sheets I had to reference? Do you know how long that took me? Do you know that now I can’t read a book without noticing all these plot points and what page number they fall on?
4) Tone and POV is something that is prevalent throughout a whole book. Do you know what your tone and POV are going to be?
a. You know what tone I’m speaking in right now? An angry tone, because WHAT EVEN IS THIS QUIZ?
b. I’ll use whatever tone and POV I naturally start writing with on the first day. And if it doesn’t work, then there’s this thing called revision.
c. I think I know, but I might end up changing my decision.
d. Of course. I’ve already tried out my opening scene in different POVs and tones, so I could pick the best one.
5) Finally, what is your advice for other Camp NaNoers like you?
a. Sit back, relax, and watch all of those NaNoers work themselves into a frenzy over their word counts. And laugh. Because I’m heartless like that.
b. Go with the flow, man. Just go with the flow. Don’t worry…beeeeeeeeeeeeee happy.
c. Remember all the basic plot points in your novel, but don’t be afraid to veer away from your outline. That way you’ll surprise yourself and your readers.
d. DOT EVERY I AND CROSS EVERY T BEFORE YOU START WRITING. OR ELSE YOU’LL FAIL. AND YOUR WHOLE NOVEL WILL BE WORD VOMIT.
How did you do?
Mostly As = The Non NaNoer: You’re not even doing Camp NaNo this year, or maybe you don’t even know what Camp NaNo is. Either way, you might want to check it out, because it’s a ton of fun.
Mostly Bs = The Pantser: You like to let your story run wild with minimal plotting. For you, that’s what results in the best type of story.
Mostly Cs = The Plantser: You’re a mix between a plotter and a pantser. You’ve done some plotting, but you also want to leave room to surprise yourself and chase after some of those plot bunnies.
Mostly Ds = The Plotter: You need to plot out every single thing about your story during the month or couple of months before Camp NaNo starts. Even as NaNo approaches, you still doubt that you’ve done enough plotting. In fact, if it weren’t for Camp NaNo, you would probably spend a whole year obsessively plotting this story.
So obviously, I exaggerated a little bit. I got the plotter, as I’ve spent all of March doing some plotting for my novel everyday. I’ve done character profiles, setting profiles, and I’ve written down the goal, conflict, outcome/disaster, reaction, dilemma and decision for each of my sixty scenes. I’m glad I did this, because otherwise I would be terrified to start writing. Pantsing works for some, but it really doesn’t work for me. Once again, remember that it doesn’t matter what your results were. What works for you is perfectly fine.
What did you get on the quiz? How have you spent March in regards to your NaNo novel? And finally, ARE YOU EXCITED FOR NANO, OR WHAT? NaNo really is a wonderful event, and no matter your word count, I know you’ll have fun and make progress with your novels.