For the first time this October, I am focussing my time on planning for my NaNoWriMo. In previous years, I’ve written on the fly—also known as a pantser in many circles—relishing the freedom to spend a month playing with words as I hammered out my daily word count and moved toward the 50,000 finish line. This year will be different.
Although I remain a sceptic, I have made peace with the fact that my writing would benefit from an outline, at the very least. I’m also hoping that, with a map of sorts to guide my November’s writing, I won’t be as burnt out afterwards; I’ve been there, done that, and it’s not fun at all.
I decided that I’d split October into thirds, each focusing on one particular aspect of my NaNoWriMo as well as considering the writing map as a whole. These past 11 days have been spent working toward building a basic plot and character arc. I’ve looked at plot structure and pacing, and the necessary elements for my story.
There’s a lot to take in, and a whole new mentality to try to work with, so progress is tediously slow at times. But it’s coming together. Slowly. One piece at a time. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”