It’s coming at me so fast this year. So I’ve taken some advice from the many offering it and decided to plot some of the story. I don’t outline every little detail in the book, but it does help to have a direction, and in this case, a prompt to keep me going each day.
My plan is to write 2k a day.
To do that I need thirty prompts to keep me going.
In the real world I won’t be using all of the work I produce. The trick is to keep going forward no matter how much you want to look back at what you’ve done. I’ve followed this advice the first year, and it helped me win.
My mantra is “I’ll fix it later.”
I’ll be honest. I’ve tried to go back and rework what I produced. It’s bad; very, very bad. So I’m hoping with some structure I’ll improve.
Back to what I was saying thirty prompts to write a scene or chapter depending on the word count. That was the plan, until I came across a posting about mind mapping.
This got me thinking a whole new way..
I found an application called FreeMind that lets me mind map on my PC, so I downloaded it. I’ve been building my plot using the app. I don’t need to be organized. All I need are prompts, general chapter goals and putting them in a linear order–for now. As I think of scenes/chapters i need to add, I’ll put them on the map. I can rearrange them, edit them and pull it all together after the story is done.
I’m so excited.
Say I want to expand a scene. Add a note to the mind map, highlight it, and don’t look back. Remember my mantra. It is a free app that has freed me up to be creative with some very flexible structure. I plan to keep each day as a separate document copying and pasting into a master for the word count at NaNoWriMo.com. I’m not sure if I’ve made a break through or snapped completely.
What I will tell you is how it goes once the marathon of writing is done. Look for that post at the end of Dec.
Until then, any suggestions you’d like to share are welcome. I’ll try to keep you in loop as much as possible.