Why frightening? Well, I am always a bit afraid that I will lose the muse, that something will happen and I will come up to a dead end, the story will fizzle or just plain suck and then not only will I know that I am a failure, but everyone who has ever come upon the blog will too.
Why exhilarating? Writing H&T on the fly and as a serial online (of all places), challenges my mettle and my commitment. I guess that I sort of need to do this in order to prove to myself that I am serious. I like it, despite the daredevil feeling that I have. But, what about the future?
Well, I have many other really interesting story ideas that I plan to work on once H&T is complete, (I have even started blogs for them - although not yet posting - just as a sort of place holder) as well as NaNoWriMo. I am giving some serious consideration to outlining for these projects, especially NaNoWriMo in order to help me keep on the straight and narrow. For me, I find that when I write without the outline (which is usual for me) there are times when my brain takes its own mini hiatus to subconsciously mull the story over and come up with new plot points. Sometimes at the risk of altering what has already been written.
The fact is, right now, I have no real idea where H&T is going. But, I am not afraid of this because these characters seem to have too much fire to peter out any time soon. I am several chapters ahead of what is already posted to the blog and this creates a nice buffer for those times of brain mini hiatus, and also gives The Artist time to get the art ready.
But, I keep thinking about NaNoWriMo. During November (provided I am still game to join in the fun) I plan to set H&T aside (there will still be chapter postings though) and concentrate fully on the work at hand. That said, in the fast and furious full speed ahead push to get 50,000 words written I don't think that I can do it without the outline. I fully understand that that any pre-writing messes with the writer's ability to write with the kind of abandon required to complete such a lofty number of words in only 30 days, but no outline? I can see myself at day twenty with something like 5,000 words and saying "forget it!" and throw in the towel. I do not want to do that. Don't want to fail. (I promise, I am not a perfectionist.)
So, let's weigh in. What do you usually go with? Outline or Not? Why?
The Artist is here: