Wow. I haven't written anything here in a while! I'd blame Camp NaNo, but it's been over a week since it ended, so it isn't just that lol.
Speaking of. I managed to win Camp NaNo by writing over 7,000 words on the last day. For some reason, I always end up writing 7-9k on the last day of NaNo. It makes me wonder why it's so hard to hit my wordcount goals on all the other days in the month. lol
I think I might have failed at NaNo last month if it wasn't for word crawls. I'd never done them before, but now I'm a believer. They turn wordcount goals into a game, and the really well written ones have built in randomizers, so there's a lot of replayability.
In related news, my writing is going swimmingly! Giving myself permission to pants has really helped my flow. I'm not really a purebred pantser because I do have a goal in mind when I start writing, but not much more than that. I'm starting to think of my writing style as Midnight Road Trip. lol I've got a destination in mind, and I know a couple of the landmarks, but I can't see much farther ahead than my headlights show. Occasionally, I detour when I see something cool, and some stretches just whiz right by with no hitches at all. As long as I end up where I wanted to go, I'm good.
I've reread the novella I wrote using a solid, comprehensive outline, and it feels like there's a thick glass wall between me as a Reader and the Story. The novella I pantsed doesn't have that wall at all. I think I Tell more than I Show when I have an outline because I'm trying to explain my story instead of just telling it... Which sounds confusing unless I remember that I'm a performing artist, and that, in my brain, telling a story is Performing a story. For me, pantsing is Performing. That's why it works.