Jack Kerouac wrote “On the Road” in three weeks. I remember being told this, and the general consensus of those whom i was with believed that he wrote the book, concept to finish, during those three weeks, while taking a lot drugs. Although it is true that the story was written in three weeks, there was a lot of creative planning and thought that went into the book before hand. With his plans firmly decided upon, i’m sure he would have had no trouble finishing it in three weeks, if he did nothing but write.
Upon starting and working on the ROW80 challenge, the one thing that I am doing differently with my writing process is Storyboarding. I have never fully planned my tales. With short stories, it is a little easier. There are less characters, the word count is shorter, and my stories were never complex enough to need anything more than my head to keep track of all the ideas. I would start the story and plan as I wrote, changing things, forgetting other aspects, but it always came together in the end. For longer fiction, this old process of mine never worked.
This time around, I have begun to plan chapter by chapter. I have my base ideas, my general thoughts, but before I begin a chapter, I make lists. Who is speaking? Whose point of view? Where are they now? What information do I want to include? How much should I reveal and who should I introduce?
Bottom line, it has really helped me stay organized and has definitely freed me to write with minimal interruption. It is definitely a tip that I would recommend.
ROW80 count: 14/100
I’m staying on track so far, but not sure If I can keep up once the school semester starts to pick up.