It’s day 8 of Camp NaNoWriMo! Can you believe it!
I started off the first week strong. I’m a die hard plotter, but for various reasons I didn’t get to work out as detailed a structure as I wanted in March, which left me more of less pantsing it. As I flew through the chapters, making up things as I went along, I realized:
- The book was going to be much longer than 30k words if the plot continued to unravel so slowly.
- The story wasn’t very funny.
- There wasn’t much horror in it either.
So far, it mostly consists of a carpenter arranging cover with his employer while he goes to clean up his deceased uncle’s estate, packing his bag for the trip and bumping into a cute police woman when he goes to the super market.
Yes, there is also a zombie uncle waiting for him to bring fresh meat back to the house, but it’s almost an after thought.
I couldn’t continue this way. I’m not a pantser. I need to know what’s going to happen so I can foreshadow and give clues and all the fun things I like writing about. I had to give up and start working on my detailed outline instead.
The good news is I have my outline, I’m excited about it and I’m starting again today.
The not so good news is that I have to start again today. My daily word count is 3k, but I think I can do it. I have my road map and I know where I’m going.
How was your first week of Camp NaNoWriMo, or National Poetry Month (I’m looking at you, Priscilla. Any zombie poems to share? *hopeful look*) ?