50,000 words, no waiting

2013-Participant-Facebook-ProfileI am a glutton for punishment. As my co-workers and I go into maximum overdrive for November, I am once again making an attempt at NaNoWriMo! My 2007 attempt, Trollfane, wasn’t completed (and didn’t even reach 10,000 words), in 2008 real life interfered in bad ways, and for 2009-2012 I just never got around to it at all. But it’s 2013, I’m back, and this time it’s personal going to be different.

Unfortunately I’m still working on my plot. Oops.

What failed me in 2007 was that I was entirely pantsing it – that is, writing by the seat of my pants, without any coherent plan, outline, character sheets, or anything at all besides a copy of Word. This year, I decided I was going to plot it all out in advance, and know just what I’d be writing, scene by scene. Well, as real life is wont to do, it interfered in my attempts to block out time to do all this prep time throughout October. So here I am on the evening of the second day and still working out what my story is about (beyond a high-level, one-sentence description: a hapless guy meets a tsundere hacker girl and hijinx ensue). Yeah, I know, typical weeaboo-bait. Sigh.

I was originally planning with using the snowflake method to build out the plot, characters, and locations of my story, but doing it right requires over two weeks of time! So, I’m going to use the rest of the weekend to do a couple of the initial snowflake steps, then see if I can’t bang out a quick and dirty outline. That means I start writing on Monday, meaning that I’ll have to have a goal of 1852 words per day if I am to successfully complete NaNoWriMo. Or I could just go whole hog and try for 2000 words per day and maybe get to the point where I can actually get ahead? We’ll see.

Anyway, it looks like no video games, minimal TV and anime, and nothing else but work and writing for the whole month. Wish me luck, I’ll need it.

This article also published on Ramblings and Writings.