October 13, 2010

Progress Report #3

So how's the writing going, Rebecca?

The answer is that I am SO a plotter, but I was trying and trying and trying to make myself into a pantser. (I will let you in on a little secret: That is the biggest reason none of my NaNo novels have gone anywhere other than into a sad little Word document hidden away on the archives somewhere. Somewhere without light.)

So now that I've figured this out, that I can't just write and produce a story without some kind of PLAN, what's next? Well, NaNoWriMo is next, and I've been taking October to plan. So far, I have a vaguely outline-shaped thing. My latest addition is an enormous character interview (sketch/meme/questionnaire?) to fill out for all of my characters. Because the main three or four? We're getting along. We've been friends for a couple months, maybe. But the rest of the supporting cast is shadowy. Example: Two princes are among my main characters. Since they are princes, there must be a king or queen around, right?

Umm... Yeah. I know absolutely nothing about the king. And gaping holes like these are keeping my plot from moving forward on the outline. So that's where I'm headed now. Character interviews.

What are you up to? Gearing up for NaNoWriMo? Mourning the loss of summer? Making some new book-friends?


  1. I love hearing how other people write, because most of the friends around me are such planners. They outline and plot and make sure everything is set before writing that first word. Me? I can't do it. The moment I start planning, I don't want to write it anymore ha ha.

  2. I go back and forth on that one, although my problem is more that I have problems sticking to any one story idea more than I have problems sticking to the ones I start outlining specifically... My conclusion is just that writing is HARD. Boo. Remind me why we do it, again?

    Maybe because it's addicting.