I am a horrible blogger. I haven’t so much as looked at my blog in three weeks. Part of that is because I unexpectedly went to summer camp for a week (and we kind of didn’t have wifi), but otherwise, I honestly have no clue why I’ve avoided it.
But I’m back now!
And still writing. I won Camp NaNo with a total of 28,288 words. (What a fun number. It was entirely incidental, believe it or not.) Unfortunately, I also got bored of the story in the process, and so even though the story clearly isn’t finished at that amount, I probably won’t be continuing it this August. Or…the rest of July.
Boy. I really have a pattern going for getting bored of stories during Camp NaNo. However, I’m beginning to think it’s due to my lack of planning.
See, when I don’t plan, I don’t plan at all. Then I get part way into the story, lose my momentum, and I’m more lost than…well, really, really lost. And when I do plan, I try to write a fairly extensive, chapter-by-chapter outline. But I’ve never tried anything in the middle. You can plan and not have an outline, can’t you? I mean, okay, maybe that doesn’t make so much sense.
So, I’ll say this. I’m planning my November novel right now. Yes. It’s not even August yet. I have four months. But, hey, that means I’ll be better off than those people who like to save it until right before November, right?
I’m not actually going to write an outline. I’m bored of outlining, and I really want to discovery write. Like, really discovery write, and not this…whatever it is I’ve been doing lately. So in the next four months, I’m developing my protagonists and my antagonists, and also secondary characters (hey, has anybody thought of having a huge list of pre-developed characters to throw in when you lose momentum during NaNo?), and doing as much world-building as possible.
I’m thinking, if I have a world that I know almost inside and out, and characters that actually have depth to them, then maybe I can do better with this. I hope. But boy, world-building is hard. And characters take a while to develop. I almost wonder if four months will be long enough.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing. How’s everybody else’s writing going? Does anybody else know what they’re doing in November yet?