Saturday, November 6, 2010

Derailed...Kinda Sorta

I love outlines. I think...I set everything up, I know the characters, and then...voila! I'll know how it goes.

But, it never happens that way. I just reached chapter 5 for my NaNoWriMo project. The characters started subverting my carefully set plans two chapters ago. I think they're laughing at me... somewhere... thinking "Su-cker!"

I certainly feel like it. The story will still reach the climax I anticipated...but not under the same conditions I'd expected. And for the next two to three chapters I have no idea what's about to happen.

But I know where it's headed. So there's that.

Back to work :P


  1. That's why I avoid outlining more than a few scenes ahead of where I'm writing.

    I write a bit, then outline that part...and the next, then I write what I've outlined...and a bit more, then back to outline.

    I like to keep ahead of my characters, but they won't have anything to do with that. :-)

  2. whoa! the characters took over after you made that careful outline. did you threaten to kill them? i love fiction but i've never been able to sustain a fiction writing project. it takes so much stamina and imagination.

  3. They have the lead now. It's harder for me to write when the characters have control. I feel useless :( And I doubt the quality...but I'm trying hard to finish the project nonetheless!