Only seven days to go before NaNoWriMo begins. Are you ready?
I will most likely be prepping right up until November 1st. But as of right now, I think I’m in a relatively comfortable spot. Well, maybe “comfortable” is being generous. I do have a few things sorted though –
My Story Bits
Characters – Check. I have the protagonist, antagonist, and the supporting cast. I’m also planning a list of names that I can pull from in case I stumble across a character I wasn’t expecting. No character profiles yet though. Not on paper at least. They’re all just thoughts that are screaming in my head.
Plot – Check (mostly). I’ve outlined the story and have broken things down into what feels like chapters. This is subject to change, of course, but it gives me a launching point. I still want to break down the details of the chapters so when I sit down to write, I don’t get stuck.
Writer Stuff: Focusing on the T’s
Tools – What software am I using to write this thing? Despite having Scrivener, I have decided to go with Google Docs. The only reason I’m doing it this way is to maximize my writing time. How? By letting me access my document at work as well as at home. This is important because…
Time – What does my writing schedule look like? This might sound bad, but I don’t have a hard schedule set up. I can’t set my clock for a certain writing time because I’m a shift-worker who puts in 12 hour days/nights. The best I can do is set a schedule for “as soon as I wake up”, whenever that may be. I’ll also get some writing done during my night shifts during any downtime I come across. This is also why I need to have a good idea as far as what I’m planning to write. At 3am, when I open that Google Doc I don’t want to try and pull world-building out of my butt because OMG it’s 3am and no matter how much caffeine is in my system, my brain is a special kind of mush.
I’m not completely unprepared going into this thing. For me, it’s like when I’m preparing to GM one of my Pathfinder sessions. I read over the notes until I’m comfortable enough with the material to improvise situations if I have to. It lives in my mind, not just on paper.
Same goes for this story. Every bit of flesh I can put on my outline will help when it comes time to do it for real. But I feel it rolling around in my mind. It’s just a matter of exorcizing the story from my head and putting it to paper. Will it be enough for me to put fifty thousand words down and call it a draft? Guess I’ll find out in a week.