I did something odd when I planned for this session of Camp NaNoWriMo: I didn’t write an entire outline. I outlined the first eight chapters, then I had a few other pages full of random ideas, basic character bios, and comments on the characters’ backstories. My thought was that I’d love the story so much that I wouldn’t need a full outline — that inspiration and the story’s basic premise would carry me blithely along. (That’s what happened in the June session… I was so inspired, I didn’t want that story to end.) Now I’m thinking that I should have outlined the whole story, because, quite honestly, I’m at a bit of a standstill.
I’ve written the eight chapters I outlined. I’ve introduced all my major characters. All the story and character conflicts are set in motion. I have a bunch of ideas, but no clue how to fit them all together into something even vaguely coherent. It would seem like everything is there for me to keep going, but I guess the inspiration’s not. When I got my word count for today (technically, it was my word count for yesterday), I worked in a detail that I hoped would set off a spark, but it fizzled out pretty fast.
The source of writer’s block seems to be that there are too many directions in which the story could go, and I’m not sure which path to take. I guess I’ll just take one and run with it. After all, that is the point of NaNoWriMo — write with wild abandon and don’t overthink. But that’ s a problem for me because I overthink quite a bit.
Besides, you never really know where a story’s going to go until you start writing it. You can plan all you want, but plans don’t work out perfectly (in fiction and in real life). I think, if I had planned the entire story, I’d be wishing that I hadn’t. Oh, well… sometimes that’s the way things go.
So, if you’re doing Camp NaNo, how’s it going?