I am NOT a planner

I am not a planner…at least not when it comes to my writing.

In other areas of my life I am almost an obsessive planner; I have three calendars (four if you count my phone) – this would be a wall calendar, a desk top Post-It brand calendar, and my Erin Condren (very aptly named) Life Planner. I write everything in these calendars – birthdays, meetings, volunteer work, football games…you name it. I. Am. A. Planner.

My writing is a totally different story.

Last semester, I had to write a term paper and two months prior to it’s due date I was required to submit an outline. That meant that I had to plan out each section of the paper, what I wanted to say, who I wanted to interview, and how I wanted it all to flow.

This is kind of a foreign concept to me. Everything thing else I’ve ever written, has been – fly by the seat of my pants – and not – meticulously planned out like this term paper had to be….let’s be honest, even this blog post was entirely spur of the moment!

My first major writing projects, the three (as of yet) unpublished novels on my computer that still need edits and re-writes, were not planned or outlined, they just sort of happened….

That’s why, this November I’m stepping WAY out of my comfort zone and writing something that basically demands to be planned. I’m stepping out of my usual romance/historical fiction/rom-com comfort zone into….Mystery/Crime Drama/Legal Thriller.

This means that I have to know who the victim and perpetrator are ahead of time; I have to know the who/what/where/when/why/how well before the story hits paper. It has already proven to be a challenge in that I have only planned two of my characters…they have wonderful backstories….but I need to move on to the rest of the outline. Wish me luck! This is going to be a very interesting NaNoWriMo as I embark on this personal challenge!





At least that’s what we’ll call it.

In reality, life got in the way and that’s the reason it’s been six months since I’ve posted anything here. So let’s see, what’s happened in the last six months?

I turned 23 in April.

I visited Disney World in May.

I got a new job in June (same office, different title and responsibilities).

I worked a ton in July (covering my old job and new while they looked for my replacement).

I sprained my ankle on my last training walk for a race in August.

I walked an 8 mile race in September (my first competitive walk/run!)

And now here we are in October! October is typically a month that I will use for planning for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month…in fact I’m posting here to avoid a serious plot hole that I just found in my story planning…that and the fact that right now my plan only has two characters.

Not only am I working, but school started in September as well and that’s when life starts to get busy and things get in the way, I am hoping to remedy that though! I would like to post here all throughout October and November – use this space as a storyboard, a journal, or a procrastination tool (that should be no problem). This should not only keep me accountable to my (few) readers, but also help spur me along if I get stuck in a novel writing rut.

Along with participation in NaNoWriMo, I am also working on three previous NaNo projects – one I’m in the middle of the long nightmare that is editing, one is being completely rewritten (UGH!), and the third is being neglected because the two oldest projects have issues and the third can wait!

Anyway, all of that is to say that I need to be more consistent in this space, even if I’m the only one that ever reads these!