There is one thing about being a plotter: you know the details of the story before you get there. As I’ve learned from reading James Scott Bell’s book “Plot & Structure“, I’m a as-far-as-the-headlights-reach type of plotter, which means that I plot detailed chapter outlines about 5-10 chapters in advance. Enough so that I can see where I’m going but then what is beyond is in the dark. Of course I’m on the right road because I know how the story ends and thus, where I will end up.
This week I didn’t write everyday like I planned. Apparently slow and steady wins the race isn’t the motto that works for me. I’m more of the rabbit until I get to where the headlights don’t reach and I have to pull over and start plotting again.
So this week I finally reached my weekly goal of 5,000 words and I wrote 5,525 words. I also read a lot on the craft – currently reading “Story Engineering” by James Scott Bell. A very nice colleague of mine lent me some books in my genre, which I wouldn’t have picked up myself. So because they are on loan and come sort of recommended, I think I’m going to try to keep an open mind and read through them front to back. So I’m broadening my horizons I hope.
Now that I’m entering uncharted territory in my WIP, I will need to plot for a while. Last time this happened, I plotted 10 chapters in detail on a Sunday afternoon. Let’s see if I can figure out the sequence of events that I know are going to happen and maybe I can think of a few new scenes to help me get where I need to be. I have a feeling it will be a little harder this time since I’m plotting the second half of the manuscript. It gets more complicated and I’m not sure how certain things will develop yet. So I will be checking out StoryFlix.com, where Larry Brooks is blogging daily on plotting tips in preparation for NaNoWriMo.
Even though I’m not participating in the NaNo, I will cheer on my fellow ROWers who are taking on the challenge. Check out my ROWsis, Em‘s, and Lena Corazon‘s support blog for those taking on NaNo: Fun not Fear blog.
The rest of the day will probably be dedicated to writing two more blog posts for this week. Monday’s post is a surprise, but it involves a famous person so stay tuned. Friday will be a Halloween-themed post and on Wednesday the ever-funny and intelligent Jenny Hansen will be guest posting here on Wednesday. So keep an eye out for that one too.
That’s it for this week. Eat lots of chocolate and candy because Halloween is approaching so its part of the festive season. But make sure you buy a bag just for yourself because we all know that dipping into the treats for the tricker treaters is inevitable and leads you to making a late night run to the store the night before. I’m all for the Reeses and Tootsies.
What’s your favorite Halloween treat? Will you need lots of candy to fuel your writing?