November is almost here and with it NaNoWriMo! I’m very excited since it seems to be the easiest way for me to get any writing done. For some reason Camp NaNo just doesn’t motivate me as much and I never finish what I start, but I have yet to fail a November NaNo.
I’m the type of writer who likes to plan out all the little events in a story and organize them by chapter, making a thorough outline for myself. If I don’t do this it’s a miracle if a story ever gets completed. I think I’ve only finished three stories without planning them while I have about thirty or so unfinished stories lying around because I have no idea what’s going to happen in them. Planning a story from start to finish really helps me move along and keep the word count up since I always know what’s going to happen.
Now, the only problem I have is choosing what I’m going to write. I have a bunch of ideas written down on various scraps of paper littering my desk. Ideas on bits of receipt tape from work, written quickly between stocking freight and late-night shoppers needing me to check them out. Ideas on colorful post-it notes, stuck all about my desk and whiteboard. Ideas saved to documents that make my desktop look like an unorganized disaster and not even I can begin to straighten that up. So, with all these ideas lying around it’s hard to settle on one. One day I’ll start planning out a story, open my notebook and set pen to paper and after five chapters have been laid out I’ll become bored and think that a different story would be better suited for November. After all, I have my whole life to work on all these other stories, but only one will be written this November.
I don’t know. Hopefully I get this sorted before the start of November.
It’s Oct. 30 and that means NaNo is really just around the corner. Luckily, I have the next two days off work so I can get as much planning done as I can (because I really don’t want to be a pantser, I don’t think it suits me… besides, I don’t wear pants). I have my notebook out and my pen is around here somewhere – I will get this done… hopefully.
I have at least come up with my idea and I am almost certain I will stick with it. I went from wanting to write a young adult novel similar to gossip girl (but not really at all similar I guess…) to a supernatural thriller involving soul mates and cupid. So, without further ado, here’s my word vomit summary (kind of):
If you knew who your soul mate was would you search for them and love them and protect them? Would you give up everything for them so you could just be with them? Could you? These aren’t questions Jack has ever considered, but if he had, the answer would be a definite… yes.
Jack met Kendall in high school and since the very first moment he saw her he wanted to be always be by her side. He didn’t know why he felt this way and he hated that she never did seem to feel the same for him, but still he stayed with her. Friend-zoned and content. Through high school, college and into their careers as adults he was her best friend, always there for her when she needed a shoulder to cry on and always willing to go to the zoo or get coffee – whatever she wanted.
On his twenty-fifth birthday he decides he can’t take it anymore and it is time to confess to her his true feelings. Things don’t go as planned and they fight. He leaves her place in tears and brokenhearted. And that was the last time Kendall ever saw Jack.
But he was still there… watching her.
When I read this to my sister she automatically knew what was going to happen. I don’t know if it’s because it’s obvious or if it’s because we think in such similar ways. Anyways~ I shouldn’t be wasting anymore time here, I have planning to do!
Is anyone else out there doing NaNo? Are you planning or pantsing it?