I had to scrap my plot and raise it from the dead like some sort of Frankenstein of words, but I eventually got it where I wanted it to be! There was a period where I was terrified because I realized I had no plot, just an interesting concept that occurs. Luckily, plot eventually came. I'm so happy I'm taking time to flesh out this story before jumping in. Otherwise I'd be stuck probably 20 pages in with no idea what I'm doing and where I'm going. Now that doesn't mean my plot isn't subject to change, I'm always up for that. I just have a good idea of where my ending will be. And god knows I struggle with ending stories.
Plot - check!
Characters - Check!
Setting - Umm...Check minus?
Another reason why I'm so glad I'm not writing this story until November is that I need to do some major research on my setting. I've done some half-assed google searching along the way, but I really need to sit down and flesh out my landscape. I need to know little, nitty gritty things like, the temperature, common natural features, the patterns of the ocean, history of the location and the impact of current events. My biggest issue is usually I chose nameless settings or just make one up because I don't like getting anchored by reality. This story, though will greatly benefit from all the little details being collected in a neat and organized pile. There is a lot of research ahead of me!
Finally, I have found the task of writing 1666 words per day (as is expected to complete NANOWRIMO) a little bit daunting. Between work, lacking sleep, and trying to have a life, it's rather difficult to get that many words crammed into a day. I'm making it a goal to start practicing now, but it's been hard. For some reason that many words just looks so intimidating. I have heard of writing sprints where you take a set amount of time and write as much as you can and I think that might be the key to getting over my fears. I just need to get the words out and worry about perfection later. Again, I'm so glad it's not November yet. There are still a lot more dress rehearsals needed before the main show!
How is everyone else's writing going? Anyone want to do NANOWRIMO with me?