If you have been living under a rock (or are new to the world of writing fiction), welcome to the internet! Also, you should check out National Novel Writing Month! It's a organized forum/site for writers from all over the world to "compete" and participate in a breakneck paced writing "contest" of writing 50,000 words in the month of November. It's lots of fun and I've written the first drafts to two of my books this way.
Yet, the secret to writing 50,000 words in a month is being prepared. If you have a general idea of where your story is going and who the main players are, you are FAR less likely to be staring at a blank page for too long and wasting precious, precious writing time. Chuck Wendig had a wonderfully hilarious post about plotting in the month of October in prep for NaNoWriMo.
Personally, I needed some guidance, something fresh to jump into with both feet. My story idea was a single sentence: "A vampire hunter + vampire that is seeking redemption" Not much of a story there. No plot, no characters, nothing happening. So, I decided to check out @SheNovels ' PreWrite Project workbook and I highly suggest it. It's a 6 day program (I took 2 days to finish Day 3) that walks you through starting a story from scratch and all the way through the final research/world building stages.
I printed out the workbook and worked with pen and paper. It felt more real, more tangible and I felt a sense of pride from flipping the pages and watching them fill up with my handwriting. The story started taking shape before my eyes. I had a place to dump all my ideas, no matter how crazy.
I worked out character ideas, motivations, backstories, appearances, personalities, sub-plot arcs, etc all on those pages. I was able to flip around, skip things that I didn't have answers for at the moment and go back and fill them in. I scribbled things in the margins. I wrote my story "wish list." What the Pre-Write Project did for me was it got me excited about my story idea. It lit my soul on fire for this story and these characters. That's why this year's NaNoWriMo will be a success for me. That's why I'm so excited to write this book.
What gets you excited about a project? The outline? A Pinterest board? an honest-to-goodness IRL corkboard? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you and what you plan to do to prep for this year's NaNoWriMo.