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!