Progress Report #3

So how's the writing going, Rebecca?

The answer is that I am SO a plotter, but I was trying and trying and trying to make myself into a pantser. (I will let you in on a little secret: That is the biggest reason none of my NaNo novels have gone anywhere other than into a sad little Word document hidden away on the archives somewhere. Somewhere without light.)

So now that I've figured this out, that I can't just write and produce a story without some kind of PLAN, what's next? Well, NaNoWriMo is next, and I've been taking October to plan. So far, I have a vaguely outline-shaped thing. My latest addition is an enormous character interview (sketch/meme/questionnaire?) to fill out for all of my characters. Because the main three or four? We're getting along. We've been friends for a couple months, maybe. But the rest of the supporting cast is shadowy. Example: Two princes are among my main characters. Since they are princes, there must be a king or queen around, right?

Umm... Yeah. I know absolutely nothing about the king. And gaping holes like these are keeping my plot from moving forward on the outline. So that's where I'm headed now. Character interviews.

What are you up to? Gearing up for NaNoWriMo? Mourning the loss of summer? Making some new book-friends?