prewriting NaNoWriMo… and some other stuff

One of the things I really like about Jennifer Crusie’s blog is that she talks about craft a lot, especially as related to her latest projects.

I was thinking about this while procrastinating from some editorial work yesterday afternoon. In the grand scheme of “what do people want to read about on an author blog” I know that, for me, I like reading about craft. But maybe that’s not universal. You guys will have to let me know.

So what can I say about craft? Except that I’m such a scatterbrain, it’s amazing I ever finish anything.

I’ve got a WIP I decided I’d poke at during the week before NaNoWriMo, so I spent a couple of hours in my favorite local cafe yesterday doing just that, until I got sort of restless (and the laptop battery started to wane) so I came home to do more writing, at which time I promptly lost 3 hours to video games, got trapped inside the dress I wanted to wear to dinner, mourned the loss of the zipper, changed clothes a few more times, went back outside and got rained on a lot, had a delightful dinner out with friends, complained about the rain, complained about the Yankees, complained about the rain postponing the Yankees game, then stayed up until the wee hours of the morning doing nothing in particular for no real reason beyond that I just wasn’t ready to go to sleep. Me, I am good at the scheduling.

But, of course, the beauty of NaNoWriMo is that it forces you to write to meet a goal.

I’m not a big planner. I learned the first year that I participated in NaNoWriMo that planning too much is no good for me, because I tend to rush through my outlines. But it’s hard not to spend time thinking about the story I want to tell, and I tend to forget things if I don’t write them down, so I have to make notes.

So I guess I have planned to a certain extent: no outlines, but I’ve got several pages of notes (some on the story, some research), a 2-hour playlist on my iPod, and I’ve been talking about the story to anyone who will listen.

And nothing to do but sit on my hands for a week. 😀

Incidentally, instead of poking at my WIP, today I went out to brunch, wasted time on the internets, and baked cookies. Just one of those weekends, I guess.