I failed at this in 2009, when my plot fell apart. This year I don’t have much to do in November, so I’m trying again.
I’m preparing by reading a lot now. I’ve read three novels this week and I have a long list of books to read next. I’m also reading The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker, and Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose.
I’m keeping a notebook, and have a basic plot planned out with a couple of characters. I’m anxious to start because lately the first page keeps going around and around in my head. I wake up in the morning with another few sentences each day. But I can’t type them, because I know it’s against the rules to start writing before Nov 1.
Also, I’m afraid it’s all going to fall apart again.