I hate outlines in general. I find them way too stifling and when I get into a story, my characters tend to take my story away from me and it’s often more fun to just follow them and see where they take me. However, I do need to outline a prologue and perhaps the first two chapters. When I reach chapter two, I’ll most likely outline the next few chapters and so on. This is called the “headlight method” – because when you drive at night, your headlights only shine so far in front of you and you can only see so far in front of you before things go dark.
It’s the perfect analogy for the way I write.
I made an introductory NaNoWriMo video, if you’re interested in listening to me ramble on for five minutes.
In essence, I talk about my involvement with NaNo, show you my desk and the notebook I plan on putting a hard copy of my NaNo project in. Exciting stuff, no?? BUT, the husband has been experimenting with a video program, so I think I can talk him into jazzing future videos up – stay tuned.
In addition, Write Anything has their own forum on the NaNoWriMo servers. There’s been a lot of activity lately – people are getting excited about getting this challenge started. If you’re doing NaNo this year, you’re more than welcome to sign in and leave your thoughts.
I’d love to add you as a NaNoWriMo buddy. You can find my NaNo profile here. Add me so we can keep track of our progress!
And speaking of progress, I’ll be posting some cute potato head graphics to indicate how far along I am in the challenge. For those of you that have been reading this blog for a while, you’ll likely remember the potato head guy. 🙂
I’ll also be posting excerpts from my project every Tuesday. In addition, I’ll be posting excerpts from my 2006 project, Reality Check, every Thursday. (I don’t have a working title for my NaNoWriMo project this year yet).
Tick tock … only 12 days until we start! Are you ready?