It’s happened again! GREAT SCOTT! I’ve crossed yet another milestone. I don’t know how exactly, but I did. It’s crazy because I think I did it before. Roughly four years ago I attempting NaNoWriMo and got to roughly 32-33 pages before I didn’t know where to go with my story. So I stopped.
I’ve now officially surpassed that record. I’m currently sitting on 37 pages and a little over 20,000 words. I’m actually feeling better than ever about writing. If this keeps up I should be able to hit 50,000 words no problem. I’m nearly half way there as it is.
One important factor that I didn’t mention last time that’s been critical in my success thus far is outlining. I know some people love to write by the seat of their pants and I used to be in that camp. Outlining took too long for me and sometimes I’d get stuck and not want to continue. The great thing is though, if I get stuck in the outline I won’t get stuck while actually writing. I’ll have time to iron out my pacing and creative issues before putting “pen to paper” as it were.
Some people dislike outlines because they feel beholden to them. I simply use mine as a guideline. My outlines are like are a bullet point list that list the most basic needs of the scene. Other than that I am free to explore it however I like. In fact there are several times where I’ve deviated or added scenes in between. But it’s nice to know that when I get stuck I have a tool that will put me back on track.
Well, until next time!