03 November 2006

Intimidating

I'm chugging along on my NaNoWriMo project, and still making good progress... but this morning, I began to realize how much larger this novel is going to be than what I'd originally imagined... and how inadequate & incomplete my plot outline is. There's a lot of stuff happening in the story which didn't make it into my thin little outline... and I imagine I'll have to redo the outline entirely before too long.

Or maybe I won't. Maybe I'll just write.

In any case, overwhelming & intimidating tho it might be, it's still a lot of fun. A lot of work, yes, but a lot of fun.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fun times! I just can't do a standard outline anymore. I'm so scatter-brained that I never stick with a linear outline. I've discovered the beauty of note cards so now I can pop around and write a little here and there. I don't have any idea where my chapters will fall yet. There's always December!

Dan said...

Yeah, I'm thinking the outline will be more of a guideline than a rule, to quote Cap'n Jack Sparrow's description of the Pirate Code of Conduct...

Passante said...

I've never been a fan of outlines. A professor once asked me in undergraduate school if I'd written an outline for a particular paper. I said no. He said that on the next assignment, he wanted to see both an outline and the paper, so the next time around, I wrote the paper and then wrote the outline. "You see how much better structured it is when you do an outline first," he said!

Dan said...

Great story, Passante! After I wrote that blog entry, I realized there's no way I was going to actually re-write the outline...

It's funny how much a writer can be surprised by his (or her) own story. I remember noticing that last year, and it's definitely happening again.

It's wonderful!