NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 2-The Dreaded Outline

 

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Those who have followed my writing journey for a while know my extreme LOATHING for story outlines. Yes, they’re incredibly helpful, but my brain just isn’t wired to write following an outline. That’s good because it lets me write what inspires me in the moment without restraints. It can be liberating, inspiring, and less rigid.

But it’s also bad. Very, very bad.

There’s nothing worse than aimlessly writing half of your novel just to stop and think “okay, now what? I haven’t planned anything past this point.” Now, it doesn’t mean you’ve wasted a year writing a novel that just won’t go anywhere. A writer will always find a way to push through and continue with his story. Still, this process will waste a lot of time and energy. And let’s be real…wasted time just isn’t ideal when participating in NaNoWriMo.

Some of you may be thinking, “I didn’t outline! Will I suck at NaNoWriMo 2016? It’s already Day 2!”

 You’ll be happy to know that even if you didn’t outline you can still remain on track this year. Many writers think that outlining is an important step taken prior to writing a novel. Sure, that would be best, but as we all know life isn’t always ideal, and neither is the writing process. I will reveal something about outlining that not only makes the whole process of generating one less tedious, but actually worked in creating my very first outline—ever!

The truth about outlines is that [read more here…]

NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 1

 

nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_participantNovember 1st is here and for my first day participating in NaNoWriMo, I have written 1,130 words. I look at my progress chart, which tells me at this rate I will reach my 50K word count on December 15th.

But it doesn’t matter.

This year I embark on this journey worrying less about my daily word count and enjoying every minute of it, in front of the laptop, banging out word after word, letting my imagination run wild. I may end up with 20K words or 80K, who knows, but I am challenging myself one way or the other.

I will finish my first draft by the end of the year.

As the natural detourist I am, I’ve strayed from my initial novel, Blood Ties. I had worked on it for nearly six years, but then realized it was not meant to be. Yet, it didn’t go to waste. I learned so much in those six years. The struggle of outlining, the many revisions, the character profiles, the plot building. All of them provided me with the foundation for my current work in progress, something I wouldn’t be able to tackle without those years of preparation. [continue reading here…]