Saturday, November 13, 2010
NaNoWriMo - Week 2: Recalibrating
That said, I think writing in a linear fashion is what, for the most part, works best for me. There are times, however, when scatterbrain writing is useful because, in a sort of roundabout way, it requires thinking ahead. I think, for instance, if I'd had a particular scene in my head and knew it came later in the story, it would be good to write it out, get it down, even if it's just notes on what happens. I've also found scatterbraining to be a highly effective tool for my imagination, putting characters in wildly different situations from the point they are in the linear story.
Part of the experience of NaNoWriMo, of course, is not knowing what happens, not planning this story out, seeing where it goes on its own, and that, I think is a somewhat linear process of writing, letting these characters end up where they will in a faux-natural fashion*, without any forethought on my part.
NEXT WEEK: Novel Notes on Napkins (and the annoyance of alliteration)
Words to Date: 27,139
*I say faux-natural because when writing a novel not under the pressure of 50,000 words in 30 days, I hope to flesh out more of the storyline and the characters, to be able to scatterbrain write freely, knowing full well most of what's going to happen, but to make it all seem as though it's happening naturally. There's nothing really "natural" writing for NaNoWriMo, but it is a lot of fun.