In the past two weeks I’ve gone from an idea/synopsis and a test chapter, to four half completed character workups, a world overview, two specific setting overviews, a plots and conflicts sheet with bullet pointed try/fail cycles, an outline, a timeline, and a bunch of pages of research (including a text interview with a friend from high school on a subject on which I previously knew very little about, but which is going to be very important to my characters). I’ve also been writing up my substantive Monday blog posts. I’m trying to fill my buffer so that you aren’t all left without serious writing thoughts while I’m trying to write 50k words in 30 days.
Tonight, I’m going to attempt to reconcile the plot sheet I did tonight with the outline I did yesterday and break it out into chapters. In between stabs at that, I’ll be fleshing out character and setting workups, doing research as the need hits me, and generating extra names for my shortlist so I don’t have to get sidetracked by making them up on the fly as I need secondary characters. I have all morning tomorrow, but I’m going to try to use that to finish up the final draft of my Greed short story so I can rotate that into my submissions spreadsheet.
I’m serious about NaNoWriMo this year. The more work I get done in advance, the more I can do actual writing in November.