NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s free to join and any writer can participate. You can be a new writer, experienced, or somewhere in between. The goal is to write 50,000 words in one month: November. Why 50K words? That specific amount is considered a novel, and the goal is to write a novel.
Inciting Incident: In the first two chapters of your story, something will take place—causing conflict—that catapults your protagonist forward on a new path. If nothing happens, then there’s no reason for your protagonist to change, which means there’s no story. This important event is called the inciting incident.
Point of No Return: This is the time when your protagonist is forced to completely leave their old world behind. Your protagonist is unable to move backward due to their newfound knowledge and choices they’ve been confronted with.
Why is a plot outline good for your writing? Not every writer creates an outline, but many writers do. You don’t have to know exactly what will take place in each chapter before you write, but the more you know, the better. I’ve known many writers, including my younger writer self, who have written their stories into dead-ends by not having an outline.
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