Let’s see…I haven’t had much free time, but I have been working on my writing. I’ve spent the last several weeks creating outlines and I’m so proud of myself for it.
Mostly, I’ve been working on new story. *Hangs her head in shame* I know, I know. I can’t even finish the other thirteen stories I have started. But I’m really excited about it (I know, I’m always excited about new projects. Keep listening/reading). I’m so excited because I’m doing this one differently. I’m planning to make it this year’s Nanowrimo and as per the rules, I can’t start actually writing until November 1st. So, I’m just outlining and character profiling.
This outlining thing is pretty new to me. Until now, I’ve never written an outline before I wrote the story. Numerous times, I’ve gone back after the fact to write one (Usually after I’ve written six drafts and am still finding plot holes bigger than the Grand Canyon). Perhaps, I’m seeing my problem here. I don’t know. I’ll let you know how this story goes once I get started writing it.
My worry with outlining has always been that I’ll lose the inspiration, the fun of seeing where the characters take me. Sometimes the characters come up with way better story ideas than I ever could and I’m afraid I’ll be taking that away from them. I guess I’ll just have to play it by ear and remember to be flexible. I can always change the outline later, right?
That’s not the only thing I’ve been making progress on. I’ve been outlining last year’s Nano Sisters of Cloth. I refuse to go into this year without having last year’s finished. I clearly don’t expect to have it perfect, but just having an ending would be nice. When I wrote the story, I met the word count goal on November 31st then the life I’d been neglecting for four weeks caught up with me and I had to put it aside without finishing it. Live and learn, right? Right.
Unfortunately, not finishing it wasn’t the story’s only problem.
But, that’s okay. I don’t mind hard work and I love the characters too much to let them die in a dusty corner of my hard drive. They deserve to see the sunlight.