Saturday, October 13, 2012

I Love October

October planning

I do enjoy this time of year: the seasons (such as they are) are changing, and we seem to be breaking from the hot days, moving into cloudy, cool weather. We've even had the first rain showers of the fall. I'm doing my usual overplanning NaNoWriMo insanity -- writing a sequel to One Last Quest -- and have just had the inspiration that might tie together the main bits of plot that I've been woolgathering in my various scattered notebooks. The pile of index cards is growing... a story is being born.

It's a great feeling.


notagain said...

I have several competing ideas for what to write. How do you organize a MacGuffin into a story arc?

mpclemens said...

I've found that writing down single ideas on index cards (or sticky notes) helps me. I can brainstorm off into random areas, and then sort them out later.

I'm still learning how to deal with characters when they get uppity and refuse to follow my master plan. Often their instincts are better than my own. But I like to go into November at least feeling like I have a plan.