As I wind down on this month and my list of short stories (nope I probably won't get all 10 completed, which I am okay with), I'm also preparing to write my new novella titled Guest of Honor. I'm going to treat this as a NaNoWriMo project, which means for the month of February I have to write a minimum of 1,786 words a day for the 28-day month--that comes to 50,008 words for all of you math geeks out there.
A strange thing happened when I started preparing a little for it. When I wanted to write down the characters' names and a little about the story, I felt this inner tug in my brain to quit. Not quit writing. Quit outlining.
I'm not an outliner and I really didn't consider it outlining, but in a basis sense that's what I was doing. So I quit outlining. Let's see how it works. I have five completed novels, none of which I outlined. I have dozens of short stories (10 of which I've selected to be worked on this month) and not a one was outlined.
So why start now?
Oh, don't worry. I won't. I'll write it like I always do . . . and it'll turn out great.
One last note. Remember (I believe it was last week but don't quote me on it) I talked about researching for a new book, based on the recent Iraq War? Well, since I don't have the time to interview any vets, and even if I found some I probably wouldn't know what to say to them anyway except to let them talk, I found a few books. I won't post them here, but feel free to go to my Goodreads site to see which ones they are.