The 30-day novel
Jeff: "He gets from the landlady once a month."
I suspected as much. Actually, I know all about this firsthand because that was my method of writing my novels, before I temporarily put new projects on hold in order tolaunch The Fussy Librarian.
A novel can be written in 30 days. Really. Nearly 700,000 people participated in National Novel Writing Month last November. The ones who actually finished, however, were the ones who started their planning now.
I'm not talking about devoting three hours every night to planning. Even 20 to 30 minutes a night now can create the framework you'll need to be successful in November. Here's three things to work on now:
PLOTTING. Use whatever method makes you happy to create your main storyline, including the spot that pushes the reader from chapter 1 into chapter 2. Think the story through to the end — it's better to identify the roadblocks early so you don't write yourself into a corner in November. Once you get through your main plot, start developing your subplots and determine where they will appear in your storyline.
LOCATIONS. If your locations are real places, Google Street View is an amazing tool you should use. Once you know the essence of these places, it will come to you naturally how your characters will act and react in these settings. The more research you do now, the easier it will be later. Consider taking screenshots of building interiors and saving them in folders on your desktop … or create private Pinterest boards and start pinning!