I'm not British, but I've seen V for Vendetta far too many times to think of the fifth of November as anything else. And not even the real thing, but the fabulous Hugo Weaving version of the day.
This is really the least prepared I've ever been for a Nano month. I usually keep a page or two in one of my journals with ideas and stuff, and it's being filled throughout September and October in preparation.
Now that I'm not sitting at a desk all day, using the journal to keep notes isn't really beneficial, so all of my to-do, to-remembers have gone on this wipe off board.
For November, it's had a makeover. A Nano makeover.
The wipe off quality is nice. Once I have inputted into the story something I've thought of, I can wipe it off. Long-term stuff on the construction paper and the post-it notes, and I have an ever-evolving storyboard. Which is something I've never had before and I'm finding is quite useful.
Also, magnetic. I went through my magnetic poetry words and pulled out the ones that seemed to connect with my ideas for the story. I've created two phrases with them, "Curl my monsters open" and slightly less awesome, "Spirits against evil."
I stand in the kitchen in front of my marker board for at least an hour, combined, during the day. And yesterday when I was doing the dishes I came up with a huge, useful idea, and now I don't feel quite so lost within the story as I did before.
I've been writing the story in fragments, just as they come to me, bits and pieces. I may not keep them in exactly the order I've written them--in fact, I can't. I'll have ruined the big reveal within the first couple pages. But I do want to keep it non-chronological. Put Spencer's story together like a puzzle where you don't know what the picture on the box was from the beginning.