As I get closer to leaving October behind I am finalizing preparations for NaNoWriMo. I still have a few last minute tweaks to do between now and Thursday morning, but the amount of work I have done so far has me feeling pretty good about it all.
I said last week I needed to update my rough outline with a lot more details, and for the most part that’s done (chapters eight and nine need some work still, but they are on track). I have to say that all of this outlining and planning has told me something interesting about myself; I have always considered myself a bit of a pantser (operating by the seat of my pants) but I feel like I have tapped into my inner plotter and it feels pretty good. Not that I have painted myself into a corner with any of my outline; I still have the ability to wing it in areas based on how I feel the characters are acting, just now I have a pretty clear idea on where I am going and how to get there. Feels more like having a good map as I prepare for a long road trip, I know I won’t get lost but I can still stop and see all the sites along the way (including the world’s largest ball of string).
I am looking forward to Thursday night when I get home from work and I start to put all my efforts together into story form – see what my outline starts to look like as I have my characters perform the actions I’ve assigned them. I would be lying if I didn’t also admit that I am nervous about Thursday too. This is going to be the moment of truth, can I actually do it? The tiny seed of self doubt that keeps creeping in is harder to stop than I expected, and right now the only way to overcome that is to just do it, just write the story.
If you already have your NaNo account feel free to look me up and add me to your buddy list (username: HLSellers), and if you haven’t signed up yet but are interested head on over to NaNoWriMo.org and get started. This is one area where there can’t be too many cooks in the kitchen – the more the merrier!
I’ll be sure to let you know all about the first few days on NaNo in next week’s post, in the meantime I’d love to hear about your experience with NaNoWriMo prepping. Let me know, either in the comments or feel free to contact me directly through the contact page or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org