Well, here we go again. I’ve signed up for the second season of “camp” this year, because I’m just not crazy enough, apparently. I’m doing things a little differently this time though, and I’ll explain why.
After seven years, I don’t have any problem pounding out 50,000 words in a month. In fact, it’s gotten so (relatively) easy that I decided to volunteer to organize events for local wrimos, partly to keep myself challenged, but mostly because I enjoy the community so very much.
The problem with this is that the words I pound out are not good words. It’s something that I’ve come to accept and embrace, but it becomes frustrating when it’s time to edit. The last two times I’ve committed to the challenge, I have had a very detailed plan for the novel I was about to write. This worked well, in a way, but the speed I was writing at pulled me away from the pace that I was trying to set for my novel. Also, I found that I kind of missed the flexibility of “pantsing” (writing by the seat of my pants) that leads to all kinds of fun changes and interesting plot twists during the month.
What I’m attempting to do for this month of camp is to plan a novel. I’ll be using the Snowflake method and letting abandon run wild! Instead of 50,000 words my goal will be to plan for 50 hours or to finish the snowflake (whichever comes first). If all goes well, I’ll be writing this novel during NaNo (or possibly early in 2013).
And now, to celebrate the start of camp, I’m actually camping with some very good friends and fellow writers. I’ll see you back in this space next week!