marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

further reflections on NaNoWriMo

The problem with pantsing is that you can end up with a lot of stuff in the work that needs to be excised or interwoven better.  This can happen even when you go pantsing on outlines.  The beginning is weak because I didn't really have a grasp on what was wrong with the Beyond.

And Rosalyta was different from any other character I had written before.  A Myers-Briggs Feeler rather than Thinker.  Or at any rate, more of a Feeler.  which may have been why it moved more slowly than my other stabs at NaNoWriMo.

I observed that putting her in one place, instead of sending her off on a quest, meant that there was a lot more talking.  Also, I will have to name more characters.  What is appropriately anonymous when you're just passing through needs a name after a while.  Of course, if your location has easily several hundred people, that gets interesting.

Ah, well, at the moment, I barely got to 50,000 because it hit a knotty point.  So I am revising another instead.

My last NaNoWriMo effort, actually.
Tags: beginnings, characterization, dialog, idea development, my stuff, names, outlining, setting (whole story), writing

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