Arrived at the camp site
Firstly, you might have noticed that I’ve picked up my posting over the last few days. I’m on leave during the Olympics so with no work to sap my energy I feel a new lease of life. It will end from 14th August when I return to work But I don’t want to think about that now.
Now I’m thinking about it. Damn
This is the year of the challenge for me. And ever since I heard of this competition, I have wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo. I plan on doing so this November and this is a bit of a taster run.
I have the first 13 days when I’m not at work so need to make a fast start. Get as many of the 50k written before the brain-drain kicks back in.
I’m a planner not a pantser.
I had the idea for this novel a few months ago, wrote a couple of paragraphs in my notebook and let the idea fester in the back of my mind. Once the 2nd draft of my other WIP was in the drawer, I started planning this new project.
I mentioned yesterday that I downloaded (then bought) Scrivener and one of the things I already love about this programme is the corkboard and being able to use that as a planning device.
I start with the intention of writing a thirty chapter novel. Scrivener lets me set up these chapters and outline what will happen.
I don’t outline the whole novel in one go. Nor, do I necessarily stick to the plan. The characters are free to do whatever they want to do. They tell me where they want to go and what they will do. But I have the outline to help keep me on track. Keep a target to aim for and without that I struggle.
At the start of this NaNo I had outlined the first six chapters, three in the middle somewhere and the last three. I HAVE to know generally where we are going. The ending might change, like everything else. That makes 12 of the 30 chapters outlined and the rest will fill in as I go.
This novel will be a mystery/thriller (hopefully people will find it thrilling) so I’m stepping away from my usual police procedural. It is all from the main protagonist’s POV, again not something I usually do. I like to splice those strands together
I might give more away as we go through the month. I might not.
At the end of the first day I hit 2,254 words. More than happy with the start.
If you’re taking part remember to leave a tidy camp behind you. Happy Camping!
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Tags: Brain drain, CAMP NANO, Scrivener, WIP, Writing