Week one of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2014 is in the books and I think I have written a grand total of two sentences in my new novel. And to be fair, the second sentence was an edited version of the first sentence, which itself will really need to be edited, so really it’s a wash.
Not looking like a promising start you might say.
I’m not daunted in the least. You see, I have a grand idea, and while I was ready to go half crazed rough draft mode for 30 days, my stronger inclination was to take it down a notch and actually give the idea its due with a full outlining.
It probably wouldn’t surprise anybody who knows me to hear that on November 1st, instead of writing, I read a book. What can I say, I’m an addict.
Did I ever mention I really like books?
Said book, Screenplay by Syd Field suggested I shouldn’t start writing (a screenplay or novel) without knowing how my story ends. It makes sense. Writing is a journey, do I want to wander aimlessly or know my future destination before I leave the front door? Was there actually a question in there? I’m not exactly a fly by the seat of my pants type of gal, so I pretty much need to know.
That posed a conundrum. My great idea for a story didn’t include an ending. Come to think of it, that other half written great idea ruminating in my computer’s memory banks, suffers from aimless wandering in the search of a true destination as well. Hmm.
Day 1: What if?
Day 2: Maybe I could?
Day 3: How about?
Day 4: That doesn’t sound too bad.
Day 5: Okay I think I’ve got it.
Day 6: Really?
Day 7: What if maybe I could, Yes!
I know where my story is going, and I even know all the stops along the way, call me a planner and slap me with pen and paper. Time to go half-crazed rough draft mode on this beast. And relax. If I don’t have 100,000 words written in 20 days, I’ll live. I have something better yet, a road map to a destination, and a treasure at the end of the line.
I’ll take that over out of gas on the side of the road any day.