27 October 2006

Are You Ready? I'm Not.

It’s been about a month already, when I made ambitious plans to outline my story during the month of October.  I was hoping to be über-prepared for NaNoWriMo It did not happen. Not only that, right now I’m not all that upset about it. I have two novels fighting for growing room inside my head. One is of a chick-lit type, the other is urban fantasy.

 

 I love both protagonists, of course, and therein lies the problem. CONFLICT.  As popular writing advice goes, “what is the worst thing you can do to your character” is the bridge to conflict and plotting. Well, I know I am just being too damn nice to my girls, and I need to raise the stakes.  But I feel very mean when I do that. I do not relish making their lives miserable.  The antagonist—not so much. 

 

In any case, that is the plan this weekend. To come up with ways to make my characters suffer. Today is the 27th. I still have 4 days to come up with some sort of vague outline before NaNoWriMo begins.  Or I can fly bu the seat of my pants….again.