So NaNoWriMo approaches, and I have put my name into the hat in hopes of forcing myself to get into a rhythm. I’ve slacked off lately in regards to writing and I hate it. I need goal, a deadline, something. It’s probably a residual affect from those years as a journalist. I signed up for a Camp NaNoWriMo, this past year without any success. I did get a few pages done, but this time I’m going in with an outline, of some sorts. It’s not a play by play, but it’s some sort flimsy structure of ideas, different plot points, arcs, and so on to keep me going.
For anyone wanting to learn a little more in regard to the different types of outlines a person could use then go and check out Chuck Wendig’s site. He has an excellent blog post describing the different methods of outlining.
Even with my quasi outline, there is still a lot of room for question, but I’m confident those questions will be addressed in writing what I plan on being my next novel. I know there will be other scenarios that may lead my story in a different direction. Bring it on. I’m ready for the challenge. I can’t wait to hear their conversations and dictate the actions of these people who live in my head. I can’t wait to see what sort of shit they get into, what sort of trouble (though some is planned) will come along and throw me for a loop. Writing can be boring, but exciting at the same time. Some scenes have to be written in order to get the good stuff out. And, some things may need to be thrown away entirely. That’s what this exercise is about. In what will seem like no time the day will dawn and word vomit will splatter on the page for what will become the first draft.
Good luck to all those participating this year. It will be a roller coaster of imagination.