Camp NaNo and Writing Quirks

This will be a short entry, as most of my spare words are being spent on Camp NaNo.  After a month of not writing nearly enough, I have spent the past few days feverishly play catch-up.  20k in four days is nowhere near a record for me, but it’s a big push for the summer month, especially after two weeks of barely writing.

But the good news is that it does look like I’ll be able to win!  With a pared down goal of 60k for the month, which is certainly nothing to sneeze at.  The story won’t quite be done, but I shouldn’t need much more than another 15k or so to finish it, so I’ll probably try to keep the momentum going so that I can finish it in the next week-ish.

And then?  No new story-telling for a little while.  Instead, planning!  Or at least the best that I can do there.  I have two stories to choose from, one of which will end up being a late-May and full-June project.  In the meantime, I’m hoping to get some good work done on my writing program, as I’d really like to get it in alpha test by July and beta by November.  It’s an aggressive schedule, but I think this could help me take on larger, more complex works and stick to it better.

But we’ll see.

In the meantime, I’ll share a writing quirk with you!  I’m something of a pantser; I have a general idea of where things are going, but don’t plan out scene by scene.  Amusingly, though, I also don’t think ahead as to what will happen in the scene, and how that affects the overall story, until after I’ve barely started it.

Meaning?  I finish one scene, write a few sentences of the next, and then pause and figure out where things are going.

I don’t know why I don’t take my thinking breaks at the end of scenes, but I don’t.  I always want to start the next thing first.  Maybe I want to get the transition down?  Sometimes, the contrast between how one scene ends and another begins is important, and I think this could give scenes better connections, but I am honestly not sure why I do it.  I didn’t even notice it until recently, but thinking back, I’ve done this a lot.

Finish one scene, stage the next, and then figure out its play.

So!  What about you, dear readers?  Any odd writing habits or quirks?

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