I’m really starting to think that I found a good way to get my writing done. This NaNoWriMo has been smooth sailing for me so far, and I have to chalk it up to the prep work that I did beforehand, as well as the way I have handled my daily writing goal. I have written 37,575 words so far, and I am really thinking that I’ll be able to keep up that pace for the rest of the month.
What I did in October was write a summary outline. Kind of like a synopsis of the highlights that I wanted to cover in the story. It was several pages long, but the important part was that it was the basic outline of the story. Then, just before November, I separated that outline into 33 scenes. When I saw that number I was thrilled. I figured that if I could write one scene per day, and try to hit the word count for each scene, then I could easily get through the month.
And that’s what I did.
It didn’t work out quite as simply as I planned, however. There have been several scenes that have been skipped, while other scenes have been expanded into new territory. My story jumped ahead of my outline shortly after the first week, which meant I needed to rethink how I was going to get into the later scenes. But then, there were other ideas and areas that opened up to me from those changes which could make for a more powerful story. I guess we’ll see how that works out once I’m finished.
How is your NaNoWriMo going? Are you keeping up with your word count? Are you finding it easier or harder than expected? Have you found any new tricks to help you in the future? I would love to hear any comments you would like to share.
I’ll be back on Wednesday for another update. Now go write!