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Plotting Your Story in Two Steps

Tomorrow is November 1, the start of 2019’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). I love NaNoWriMo, though not for the same reasons as many. Unlike most writers who participate yearly to write fifty thousand words in thirty days, I have only ever chosen to do that once. As the year draws to a close, however, I always love to participate in some small way to relearn discipline in my writing. Inspiration is important, and for most of the year, I allow my muse to drive me in when I write, how often I write, and what I write. And that isn’t a bad thing. In November, however, I set a modest goal (usually around 250 to 500 words per day, though I’ve also set time goals before—whatever works best) and I strive to write every day. After a whole month, even with less than a page a day, I usually have a decently sized first draft to show for my efforts and (usually) some inspiration to continue writing. Are you thinking about participating in NaNo and have a few ideas bouncing aroun