Since I’ll be spending so much of November working on my NaNoWriMo project, I thought I’d show you a bit of my prewriting process. This is what I did during October. This post is about separating the story from all the others.
I’ve written several novels. When I first started, it was easy for me to keep track. There was just one. But then I started the second one. I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to throw anything away. So when I had binders for two books, I had a hard time finding the right one. And it was harder to switch from one to the other. That’s where the Color Coordination comes in.
Each novel I write has a different color. It helps me separate each one. I’m able to jump into the story without having to figure out where I am. And each color almost automatically helps me to work on multiple stories at the same time. I also have a hard time coming up with titles, so they go by the name “The Red Story” or “The Blue Story” until I can come up with something suitable.
So when I know I’m going to start a new story, I have to find a new color. And let me tell you, it’s getting harder to find the cheaper binders because I’ve used most of the colors already. But fortunately, as I was preparing, it was the beginning of a new school year, which meant that there were a lot more school supplies.
I decided on yellow for Rowell’s story. There were yellow binders along with yellow notebooks. And it felt right. That’s something I always work towards as well.
So here’s what I start out with. Like the NaNoWriMo sticker on the front?