NaNoWriMo seriously cuts into the ol’ blog time.
… just sayin’.
So. Here we are, half a month in and I, like most people, am not where I would like to be. Not in terms of progress on a new book, at any rate. A couple things have happened that significantly changed my plans. I’ll still get the 50k. It just won’t be the 50k that I was originally planning on.
I’m adamant about writing my next book from a fully formed outline. I used to think that I was a 100%, straight-up discovery writer. I was wrong. I am not. As it turns out, I actually do work from an outline. Sadly, I have been trying to do it all inside of my head. That folks, is not a recipe for efficient writing.
Therefore, I had resolved myself to write not one whit of a new story until I had committed the outline to writing. And, well… I did that. I had a new story all lined up, and then I realized that the outlined book was not the one that I should be writing. There’s a tale to tell in that, but it will have to wait for another post.
So anyways, there I was. It was late October and I was at the top of the ladder when suddenly, I hit a chute and slid right back down to the bottom. Momentum gone.
Not to worry, though. I have several other ideas that I want to write. Well-formed ideas, I mean. Stuff I have thought about a lot and that I fully intend to write someday. All that I needed to do was chose one of those ideas and start rockin’ the keyboard.
But I didn’t have any of those ideas outlined.
Long story short, I stuck to my guns. Doing so has set me back several days, that’s for sure. No excuses, though! It is going to be an uphill climb, but I fully intent to finish in time. I need to prove to myself that I’m on to something with this whole outlining thing.