A Week in the Trenches

Ok, I’m a week in. One week of fast typing and make up on the spot plotting.

What fun.

=)

I’m currently on chapter five, after three do-overs on chapter two. (change the pov stupid!) And things are going along quite swimmingly. Or they were.

I love to be a pantser, zooming along, waiting to see where the characters take me. But a few months ago, I understood the value of plotting as once again, I got stuck on chapter three, with nowhere to go. For the fourth book in a row. So I took a few classes in plotting, learned to make myself an outline. And I could still pants a little bit, without ending up somewhere in Guam. Buying a yak. (Hey, it really happened.)

And I meant to write an outline for the nano book. Except the idea came to me at 2am, and I started typing at 730am. No outline. Straight pantsing.

So while I’m not stuck, yet, I’m leaving a lot of *** in my chapters. This means look this up, or wow, did you write like crap here. Today I realized I don’t know what a typhoon looks like. So, we got some ***’s. Nor did I know if it could happen in a place where my cruise ship currently is. More ***’s. Spanish moss? What kind of trees, birds? Is that a jaguar? The list goes on.

Even if I get my 50K words in this month, I’ve not only got serious revising to do, I’ll also have serious research to do.

But that’s okay, because that’s what writers do.

=)

carrie

(is Italy on an ocean? Can you light a gas stove in a typhoon? it never ends….)

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