Hello, fellow writers! My goodness, where has the time gone! It’s been far too long since I blogged, but I’m ready to really get back on track. Life has been crazy the last six months and continues to be quite a ride. I’ll give you all a quick update of what’s been going on, and the new endeavors I’ve embarked on. I’ve started a ton of new journeys in both my writing life and personal life, and I can’t wait to share them with you! (And maybe brag about them, just a little!)
Camp NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow. For those of you who have never heard of Camp Nano, it is essentially a virtual writer’s retreat that happens over the course of the month. Writer’s from all over the world set word count goals and spend the month trying to reach them. This will be my first time participating in Camp NaNo, and I am so excited to see how it goes. Today, I want to talk about why I decided to try out Camp NaNoWriMo as well as what I’ve done to prepare. If you, like me, have never participated before, I hope that you consider giving it a try. I mean really, what do you have to lose?
This week I want to give you a brief overview of what my novel’s planning phase looks like. As always, this is simply my take on the planning phase of novel writing. To clarify, when I say planning phase, I am referring to the work that I need to do prior to beginning the first draft of a novel. The novel I am currently working on is a middle-grade fantasy, so much of my planning is tailored to that genre. However, this process can be adapted for many types of writing. Overall, my planning phase consists of gathering all of the information that I need about my story in order to tell it. As I mentioned, the following is meant to be a high-level look at what goes into this first phase of the writing process.
The planning phase of writing is one that I find essential. Some writers will disagree and say that it stifles the creative process to plan the plot of your piece ahead of time. However, I feel that the structure of your story will be tighter if you have a map, aka outline, to follow. Now, if you are one of those writers who finds that planning your work in advance just isn’t for you that is completely okay! I recognize that the writing process is unique to each writer. I still encourage you to continue reading, because today, I will be sharing my method, which can easily be adapted to help with a scene that is giving you trouble or with loose ends that you need to tie up. Basically, this method does not only work for the plotting and planning phases, but can also help you midway through your project, or even at the end.
If you have moseyed on over to my little corner of the internet, odds are you are drawn to the written craft. Whether you’re an avid reader, a technical journalist, or a creative poet, you none the less gravitate towards written language. It is the way you choose to escape, reflect and communicate. I think it’s safe to say that all of us here have a passion for writing. But as a writer, I often find myself asking the age-old question. Why? Why do we write? Is it because we are insane? Is it due to the fact that we are told time and time anew how important it is to be able to write? Or is it because we simply aren’t good at anything else? No matter who you are as a writer, the question we get from everyone, ourselves included, always seems to be the same. Why write?