It’s that time of year again. My birthday has just passed, the nights are drawing in. Summer is a hazy memory and Halloween decorations are being dusted off. But for this writer, it means only one thing. NaNoWri…
Wait, hold on a second… *checks notes* Ohh! Camp NaNoWriMo!
Okay, so here’s the deal. Remember that novel I mentioned in my post about getting back to work? Well, for those who missed it, it’s called The Kraken and the Clock Tower and it’s an epic secondary world maritime fantasy. It’s a big culmination of several (read: many) ideas I’ve had over the years, and I am finally ready to get down and write the damn thing. There’s just one problem. I don’t have an outline.
As I have discussed on this blog before, I am not what George R.R Martin would call a gardener (or what people may refer to as a pantser). By which I mean, if I try to discovery write in the way someone like Stephen King does, I inevitably get a few chapters in before I’m drowning in a morass of ideas with seemingly no way out.
No, I am an architect (or plotter). I need some kind of outline in place, so even if I do discover a new shiny thing along the way, I can always find my way out of the forest and back onto the path. What I currently have are a collection of characters (some named, some not), a loose idea of what my magic system is capable of and the costs of using it, and a few ideas for tentpole plot moments or action scenes.
Which is where Camp NaNo comes into things. I need to light a fire under my arse to really get me going on this beast. So come April 1st, my outlining will begin in earnest, and I am determined to have it done by April 30th. While also maintaining A Writer’s Sidequest. And working a day job… Yeah.
If you want to add me as a writing buddy, my profile is on the Camp NaNoWriMo site here. Please feel free to do so, since the social aspect has been one of my favourite parts of the previous NaNoWriMo events I’ve attempted. You will see I have set my target at the minimum of 10,000 words, but you can ignore that. This month isn’t about word count for me, it’s just about getting that outline finished.
But whatever your goal, I hope we will all be happy campers by the time May 1st rolls around.