“You know, how do you get thirty years of experience?
– Michael Wekerle, Dragon’s Den
I hate plotting. Haaaaaaate it.
However, last NaNo showed me that the inefficiencies in my pantsing method don’t work for me anymore, either. The combination has been frustrating.
Last year I found the Snowflake Method, which looks like it might work for me. I replotted one book last year, and made plans to two others, as well as a few new ideas. All of those are still sitting in my “to do” pile.
So, for Camp NaNo this year, I’ve decided work on that weakness in my process. I am going to spend this month figuring this plotting thing out, finally getting those projects ready.
I’ve decided to break the Snowflake Method up, and assign each piece a percentage of the total project. By the end, if I succeed at my goal, I’ll have three books plotted all the way through the scene breakdowns. On the off change I finish early, I’ll add another one.
“You write to tell a story.
You don’t tell a story in order to write.”
– Chuck Wendig
Niteblade Issue #31 was released yesterday!
Last year, a friend showed me HabitRPG, which for me was another in a long string of to-do list and productivity apps that I’d tried. I expected it to have a similar usage pattern to the rest of them: I would use it without fail for a few weeks, if I was lucky a couple of months, and then I’d lose interest. I have abandoned accounts on more apps than I remember exist. HabitRPG however, appears to be sticking.
It’s a gamification app, so I’m willing to try it right out of the gate, of course. I’ve seen a lot of posts out there going over the basics, and there’s an overview video, so I’m not going to go into everything it does.
I’ve been trying to figure out why this one’s working for me, but I think in large part it comes down to two things: quests and pets.
It’s been a month since the end of the last NaNo, and I’m still mulling over how I felt about it. I’ve been focusing on plotting lately, so I was looking forward to pantsing again. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I have in the past.
I still like the experience of discovery through writing, but I’ve also come to like the efficiency I’ve managed to achieve in what plotting I’ve done, and I can’t say that pantsing is the most efficient method in the universe, even if it is still effective for me.
So, my conclusions from this NaNo is that I need to find a way to get the efficiency of plotting in with the discovery of pantsing.
Niteblade Issue #30 was released at the start of the month.
Haven’t had a chance to check it out yet? Well good news! As a gift to our readers, the full web version has been released early!
“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”
– Stephen King (via maxkirin)
Note to self: a final 55555 word count would look pretty neat on the site. Make that your goal for next NaNo.
Also, you have apparently decided to do NaNo next year.