I think every writer should participate in National Novel Writing Month ( #NaNoWriMo) at least once. If only for the experience of trying to tell a story while the Jeopardy theme song is playing in the background. That’s why I’ve signed up to be part of the madness this year. On November 1st I’ll sit down with an idea and a “damn the torpedos, full speed ahead” type of attitude. I’ll write 2000 words a day, every day, until the end of the month. (That’s a lot of words for me. I could do that easily if I didn’t also have to work and take care of my kids but both my boss and my children demand attention. They’re so unreasonable.) Then, on December 1st I’ll have a (I’m guessing a really) rough draft of Nothingmore, which I’ve decided to make my NaNoWriMo project.You may remember Nothingmore from the other day when I shared a very small piece of it as part of the First Look Challenge. It’s about Rivers, one of the missing sisters in the Princess of Twilight & Dawn series.
Today, as part of NaNoWriMo prep day, I wrote an outline of the plot.Then, because that was such a rare and special thing for a pantser like me to do, I took some pictures of it.
Stop laughing. That’s what it looks like when I outline.
In addition to showing you that I have the kind of handwriting typically found on the notes serial killers leave behind at the scene of the crime, this outline is supposed to help to keep me from wandering out into plotted territory once I start writing. It’s supposed to anyway. We’ll see about that. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to resist the lure of a tangent…
I hope you’ll stop by the comments to wish me luck, call me crazy, or share your own story of NaNoWriMos past.