Thanks to K.M. Weiland's Outlining Your Novel, I've spent the past few days 'what iffing' ideas about my upcoming Nano story, Blue Steel. I'm currently on Chapter 5 and taking scads of notes. Much seems like common sense, but I'd never thought about doing the 'what if's' before. It has lead to some interesting scenarios and a plausible sub plot. Last night I sprang it on Father and he liked my ideas which made me feel good. He also came up with some interesting input which may make it into the story. We'll see - sometimes he goes over my head with electronic jargon and leaves me with my brain about to explode from trying to absorb it all.
I know there are only a couple weeks left before Nano but I'm going to try and plot as much as I can this time. Something I've discovered about myself is I can't read craft books while in the midst of writing a first draft. I start thinking more about the mechanics then the story and there goes all my creativity. I'm getting in the Nano mode so modifying my goals to concentrate totally on story planning. Less is more at this point, so everything else is sort of going out the window.
Wonderful Michelle set up a Row80 group over on the Nanowrimo forums in the writing groups: link
and I just discovered you can subscribe to threads now through rss. *grin* So cool!
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