Apologies to Ray Bradbury for the title, but NaNo- aka NaNoWriMo- aka National Novel Writing month IS scary!
For those of you still not aware of this annual exercise in literary madness, authors from across the globe will spend the entire month of November- yelling, screaming, swearing, drinking too much caffeine- all to complete 50,000 words.
One does wonder if there is anything more insane than self-inflicted madness?
This will be my forth NaNo, and like previous ones, I'm going to use it to try something different.
I'm going to outline the new book.
Serious outlining- like an entire three act layout and everything.
I know, madness, right?
Well for a hard core serious pantser like myself, this is probably the biggest out of the box experiment I could try. But I've got a secret....
I'm liking it so far.
Now, granted, I've just started the outlining process, just figured out my scene/chapter count (about 36 more or less). But I'm kinda liking it! It's like a puzzle, I have some characters I want to really screw up, then follow as they figure things out. I know who they are (or will through the magic of character outlines) and I know about how long I want it to be. I also know the basic bits, pieces, and screws that need to be in place to keep the story on track.
I'm even going to make a fold out three act board with cards!!!
So, I'm having fun, and looking at this as the Great NaNo Experiment of 2012. I may end up keeping some of the things I learn, or my head may explode when I actually start writing with an outline in place.
But either way I'll learn something about me and my writing- right?
What about you? Ever NaNo? Why? Why not? Have you ever tried "the otherside" (aka plotting if you normally pants, or pantsing if you plot like mad?)?
Share! And share any NaNo survival tricks that you've learned too!