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My first major writing projects, the three (as of yet) unpublished novels on my computer that still need edits and re-writes, were not planned or outlined, they just sort of happened….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