Thursday, May 27, 2010
Now that I've forgotten what else I'd wanted to say about NaNo style pro's and con's, let's move on, shall we? The laundry is in, and I have a good 20 minutes before I have to go down and change it over to the dryers. ;)
The question now is, would I ever go and participate in NaNo again, now that I've done it once?
The short answer is: Yes, absolutely!
The longer answer is: It depends...
First and foremost, it really depends on whether or not I have something I want to write about...and whether or not I have it around the middle to end of October. If I am going to throw caution (and editing) to the wind, and just write as much and as quickly as I can, I want to at least have a general plan mapped out in my brain for where I want to start, and where I sort of hope to end up. I've learned about how there are MANY surprises along the way, so I am not even going to pretend to think I will know or be able to control the entire project from start to finish. But I at least want to have an idea.
I knew with Carving The Light who the characters were...I had to give them names and descriptions to flesh them out, but as basic people, I knew them. I knew the general sense of the story we were going to tell together. I knew more or less where I intended to end up. I didn't have a title. And I wasn't always sure which plot points were going to be revealed and when. And I certainly had no idea that there were parts of the journey that would come as a surprise even to me. But I wasn't too far into it when I knew what the last line would be. And I used that as my guidepost to keep me on the trail, knowing that even though I couldn't see everything that would happen in between, I did, at least, know where I was going; where the girls were taking me, and where we would all end up.
It is so hot in here I can barely think. Good grief.
So yes, I would do NaNo again. But I'd need to have an idea of where I thought the month would be taking me. I am known to not finish what I start, and if I went through all of that, only to see my progress graph fall behind and short of the mark, I'd be...
I am all for spontaneous creativity, but I don't think I would do well if I started out completely in that vein. I don't need to know everything and have it all worked out, then manipulate and bend it all to my original will. But I do need to have an idea...one that can change and grow and fluctuate over those mad 30 days in November, to be sure. But it needs to be a little more than just a seed. A seed is a great start, and many writers can turn it into full-blown fruit-brearing trees. But I don't think I'm that person...I need more of a sapling...one that at least lets me know what kind of tree I'm trying to grow.
Because once I have that, there will no stopping me.
At least...not anymore. ;)