Firstly (and I think I covered that), I'm not going to take tips from anybody. I really am adamant about not having any preconceived notions in my brain; they will just hang me up. I will just do whatever way works naturally, to me!
I've heard that a lot of people are doing outlines. That doesn't sit right with me. On one hand, the "cop" in me is going, "HEY! You can't do that, you're starting the words already!!" (it seems kind of limiting, also!). On the other hand, I am sort of doing that... in a way. I have begun a set of illustrations that will help me through my story, and it is working wonderfully. I REALLY love doing so (it's WAY cool!), and I highly recommend!
As I mentioned in my previous article, visualizing things on paper can be either different, or even more than the idea that was in your head. It can really help sort things out! I have chosen to illustrate the settings for my story. It actually helps things become concrete- I have created an entire environment for my novel!! I could totally write about these places, as if they are real, now. If my book ever becomes a movie, I hope to either make these locations appear, or discover cool places just like them! How awesome is that! Scouting the locations, I will be!!
I'm sure I have a little more freedom on my hands -more time to write, than most. So, my philosophy is: Feed the bug, starve procrastination- get the ideas, write it all down immediately, get more ideas, revision, more words... etc. If I don't at least write down my ideas on a slip of paper for later, chances are I'm going to forget. I don't want to miss a single brilliant notion!
I'm a descriptive writer, so I'm sure the word count won't be too much of an issue, for me. I plan on not checking my word count. I'm sure I will actually see where I'm at from time to time- my curiosity will get the better of me. I know it will.
I will not be checking it religiously, however. NO PRESSURE, is my key! It will come, and it will be there. It's already in my brain, I don't have to worry about it. So many people freak out about the word count, that they never make it! Not my style. This is also why I didn't want to attend any of those first-timer congregations to get a bunch of tips from people who have done it. In my view, one of the reasons people are going, is maybe because they haven't been able to make it work, thus far, or are unprepared. It may sound crazy, but I didn't want any negativity/fears to catch. Words are powerful, and I'd rather be at home, getting psyched, and telling myself how I can do it! I have all these good ideas in my head, and I just can't wait to start- IT'S SO SOON!! YAY!!!
That's another thing. All these ideas swimming around in my head, and I've been able to improve on them, before they even get out. That's anticipation, for ya! It builds things. Wonderful things. And come November, just a few hours away, I get to pour them all out! And get rewarded! And have completed something amazing, I've never done before!! Loads of excitement abound, right here! AHHHHH.
There are a few things that I haven't quite decided on, though- medium is one of them. I might be "really old-school" and write everything down on paper. I think that'll just work better for me, and then copy/edit it on Word. In the process, I may just end up typing the whole thing. I'm not sure. I saw one of the apps that sponsors NaNoWriMo, and if you use it, you might win something or whatever... I didn't find it convenient at all, though. So, no apps for me!! Too modern(high-tech and complex/basically unworkable) (also unreliable and aggravating, let's face it. I'm not at all biased, in any way...)....
I haven't also decided on what time of day I might hammer away more words- which times the inspiration will best strike! It seems to me, unreasonably early hours work for putting together ideas I generally don't think about. I can't think that early, usually, so some cool stuff hits me. It's like my brain runs on pre-programming, and I don't actually have to think about anything, I just do junk. That's a pretty great way to run things, too- no over-thinking, there! Then again, I'm a recovering night owl. I plan to just go with the flow, get lots done, and hopefully enough sleep to make it all work! Wink.
So, THERE are a few of my crazy ideas! Or not so crazy, if you're like me (high-five)! CAN'T WAIT TO GET IT DONE! Once done, I will write a section of my own little tips, that I'd have found helped ME- always the unordinary!
However you decide to work, CHEERS TO YOU!! I'll see you on the other side, and we'll be celebratin' like crazy, all over the world together! -WOOOOO!!!
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