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Genre Writing: NaNoWriMo Prep

Man oh man is time flying or what. One minute I’m bidding “July” adieu and next moment I’m prepping for NaNoWriMo.  I also wrote and posted my Horror Genre Writing series during September which just flew by. Since it’s October, a.k.a. Halloween, I decided to carry on the series. The difference this time? It’s your journey through my mind as I plan out my NaNoWriMo Horror Novel!

I’m sitting here at my desk, wondering what I will be writing for NaNoWriMo. To be honest, I think my mind is tired and will need to be energized. The reason I say that? Well, when I created my beautiful new NaNo novel on the site, I used the following details:

Title: Some Horror Thing
Author: Silvanthato
Genre: Horror/Supernatural
Synopsis: There was a person and a creature and lots of people died horrible gruesome deaths.

Yes. That is exactly how I will be approaching NaNo this year. Zero plan. One premise. Two characters. Three plot points, and four weeks to coalesce it all into a 50,000 word novel. Fantastic ain’t it? It better be, since you’ll be along with me as we shape and mould nothing into something. I hope to please.

make my writing awesome? Challenge accepted.

The Plan

Right, so this is where I say something like “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” or “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” and extrapolating that into a 1000 word essay on planning. Well I’m sorry to disappoint, this will be very simple:

  1. Figure out an actual story.
  2. Detail actual characters.
  3. Define plot points.
  4. Worldbuild it all together into a masterpiece.
  5. Write 50,000 words. (In November)

This also covers what the following weeks in Genre Writing are going to contain for October. Building a horror story, creating characters for this story, defining horror plot points (without spoilers!), and worldbuilding to correlate characters to story to the world around them.

Onward to NaNo

I don’t really know how I feel about NaNo this year. There’s no real excitement or desire or fear or anything. Just another writing project to get through.

If you have any tips, advice, blogs, websites, Pins, Tumblr accounts, music or even YouTube vids that you think will help me craft a mind-blowing story (horror or not), then please let me know in the comment section below. I’d greatly appreciate your help.

Now back to writing!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Do you have your novel/story idea ready? What helps inspire you during the grueling 30 day challenge?


About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

13 responses »

  1. I’m still looking forward to reading whatever you will be writing! 😀
    I’ve found that Pinterest boards help a lot for inspiration (as long as you don’t spend too much time on them) and crafting one for a specific project can be very helpful.
    I’m also going to spend the next month cramming as much preparation into “Papier en porselein” as I possibly can. I’m going to be using KM Weiland’s writing books to help me 🙂

    Gooooooood luuuuuuuuuck!

    • Oh yes you have those books! So useful now I’m jealous Carin haha.
      Thank you for your kind words haha, this is turning into quite an interesting writing project. I hope I can do it justice when I bring it to fruition.

      Good luck to you too!!

  2. Good luck! I’m sure whatever you come up with will be great. Maybe, in a way, it’s a good thing you’re not as excited for NaNo. Less stress for you. 😉

  3. You’ve got this Nthato!

    I look forward to seeing what your brilliant mind creates!

    That post I promised for character sketching is up by the way. 🙂

  4. Fictional Jenn

    New stationary inspires me. :’D Good luck figuring out the plot. I’m sure you’ll think up something awesome. I’m looking forward to prepping with everyone and then writing.

    I’ve been watching a few preptober vids for inspiration so I recommend having a search for them on youtube.

    I’ve never been one for pinterest, tried and I get quickly bored. More of a notes kind of planner. Music I can get behind though! Maybe from horror games/films might suit you?

    • Thank you Jen, I’ve sort of got an idea now though it still needs a lot of work. I’ve been reading up a lot but nothing is really working, I think I should find some creepy horror game/film music like you said. Creep myself out haha.

      yeah I’ve also not been a fan of pintrest (even though I have an account), and prefer notes too in the form of a mind map. My favourite planning tool to be honest.

      I think I should check out those preptober vids too. Never know what might come up. Hows your planning going?

      • Fictional Jenn

        The orange dot never shows up to tell me of notifactions. ;-;

        Silent Hill has a pretty creepy/atmospheric soundtrack.

        I’m pretty overwhelmed by my idea too, but that’s because the genre is so new to me.I’m going to an ‘easy’ idea I have in that genre for NaNo.

      • Silent Hill soundtrack. I think I should just download a whole bunch of horror soundtracks and see what my mind brings up.

  5. Good luck! I’ll be writing the first draft of my second story, which is mostly planned out in my head. I think my inspiration this year is mostly coming from excitement. I’ll be revisiting some characters from my first story, so developing their arcs further will be really cool.

    • Oh yes that does sound exciting. Your characters are growing right there in front of you into the second chapter of their lives. I wish I knew what that felt like haha.

      The Warden of Everfeld sounds really interesting. Hope all goes well with the second one too. Good luck to you and thank you for dropping by!


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