I’ve been so busy with rewrites for I Kissed a Frog and working on the first draft of Last Night that it completely slipped my notice that the annual tradition of NaNoWriMo was fast approaching. So here I sit, two days before it starts, at Green World Coffee on a Sunday morning brainstorming, planning, and doing some story sketches. No outline, which is really kind of par for the course.
For somebody who is as organized as I try to be in the rest of my life, that doesn’t always transfer over to my writing life. I tend to be a Plantster. Plotter + Pantser = Plantster. I have a vague idea of my story’s theme, arc, and characters and usually some scenes. But that’s about it. When I sit down to write, that’s when the gaps are filled in.
It goes against every bit of advice my writing professors gave me in college, but I outline after the first draft and before I start edits and rewrites. I like to just write my first draft with no restrictions or preconceived notions. I just want to go where the characters take me. Then I read through and outline what I’ve written. Doing it that way helps me find all those plot holes and lets me target the places where I need to do some first aid. It may go against conventional wisdom, but it works for me!
So November should be interesting…
- Mom of 4
- Wife to 1
- Rewrites and edits on Frog
- Writing Last Night
- NaNoWriMo-ing like a boss
- Oh, yeah! And Thanksgiving
I might be taking on a little too much, but who needs sleep and sanity?