Spock, that sexy, green-blooded Vulcan, first introduced us Earthlings to Pon Farr in the episode Amok Time. The condition occurs every seven years as part of the Vulcan mating cycle and is a chemical imbalance which causes erratic, and sometimes violent, emotional behavior in Vulcans. They must mate or die.
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the Writer’s Pon Farr. It’s like they must write or die. It’s a mad frenzy in an attempt to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.
If you’re saying to yourself, “That’s insane!” You’re not alone. It is insane. It is illogical. It is the writer’s Pon Farr.
Most writers who have completed NaNoWriMo agree that the secret lies in the preparation and pre-writing they perform in October.
Pre-writing is creating characters, outlining the plot, world building, and defining goal, motivation, and conflict. It is giving life to the heart of your story. Here are two workbooks that can help you not only win NaNoWriMo, but also to win it better.
Buy it once as a template, and use your own notebooks or writing software to hammer out the details of your characters, timeline, plot, and scenes.
For those writing any type of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, etc.), there’s the World Building Guide & Workbook. Same concept: buy it once & use it as a template for multiple projects.