2017 #ROW80 Round 2: Update #1
The last week of March, I did some planning for my CampNaNo story. I’m a mix of a planner and a panster, but I was comfortable with the amount of facts I knew about my story to start writing.
Then, April 1st arrived and I wrote 139 words. What happened? You wondered. I realized that what I had planned wasn’t the story I wanted to tell. It was just a simple, linear account of how characters one and two make it to the end. I got bored thinking about writing it.
So, now what? I took the last couple of days to figure out what I want to include in the story. This book is also my first novel length story and the start of a three-book series. I had to sit back and think about the connection between all the volumes, the main characters, their relationships, love lives, and most importantly, the obstacles that would try to interfere with their happily ever after.
I kept everything I had but started my planning stage once again. Better now than halfway down the first draft. And since you know I love reference guides, I looked over the Snowflake Method. I have a similar outline process, less involved, but this is a good starting point if you find out that your story needs something more.
I’m probably going to plan/outline/plot for a couple more days, and then write like the wind.
A Round of Words in 80 days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.