Nov. 17th, 2012

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I'm still working on my Nanowrimo novel, and I'm now up to 30,804 words. The words and story are coming very easily to me. This is a change from the previous three years I've done Nanowrimo. I work on my Nanowrimo stories the same way I work on any story: I think up a general plot, do a brief outline, and then start writing. I don't plan out more than generalities. Details get added while I'm writing. For example, I might want my character to travel from one town to another. That's a generality. Then, as I'm writing the story, I'll add in details such as what happens to my character while traveling. How long does the trip take? How do they travel? If it's more than one day what do they do at night? Do they meet other people? Sometimes these questions aren't easy for me to answer. I'll know I want my plot to go from point A to point F, but I need to have points B, C, D, and E to make it work. But what are those points? In the past I've often found myself sitting in front of my computer wondering how I'm going to make my it work. I know WHAT I want to happen, but I'm not sure HOW to make it happen.

That hasn't happened with this story. Even though I did the same thing I always do - didn't plan more than generalities - I'm having little to no trouble moving my plot forward. I think that's why my word count at this point in November is higher than it's been at this point in the past. Because I'm not stopping in my writing to consider my next step. I know what's going to happen, and I write it down. I'd like to think it's because I'm a better writer now than I was in the past, but I'm not sure. I've barely written since 2011's Nanowrimo, so how much better could I be, really? Still, I'm not going to question it. I'm happy that my plot is moving right along.

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