It is Day 22 of Camp Nanowrimo and I am officially off the map without a clue.
One would think that walking in with a fairly solid idea about major characters and a strong outline would be beneficial in churning out some writing. But, no…not for me. I think that this might be a manifestation of my intense dislike for all things binding: rules, dictated ideas, assignments, orders. As a contrary being, I guess I am doomed to be a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer.
I’m ok with that.
While the pantser writing is a rush, it doesn’t always provide a clear road of what is ahead. I am writing in fragments as the ideas occur to me and writing in the document notes section on the side [I’m using Scrivener for Windows] if an idea is off the beaten path from what I am writing that day. It is going to take some serious work to knit the fragments together–and maybe certain pieces won’t fit the story I want to tell. I can live with that; the creation process is enjoyable all the same.
- Where am I supposed to be today? 36,666 words.
- Where am I really? 37,122 words (and I haven’t written yet today).
- Will I finish on time? Surprisingly, yes!
During the last update, I discussed my non-participating cabinmates. Well, I have since jumped ship and been re-located into another cabin where everyone is talking–if not necessarily cranking out material to meet word count. This cabin is a big improvement! It really is helpful to have chatty cabinmates to keep you motivated and happy. 🙂
Do I think I will do this again in August? Probably not. I am a light-time girl and I need to soak up as much sun as I can before the gloom of winter makes me feel like a potato. I’d rather be outside doing things than stuck inside–no matter the time of day–to write. After this I will most likely stick to the black gloom of Novembers for my novel-mania!