It’s been a whirlwind since NaNoWriMo started. Being the planner that I’ve come to be, it’s such a struggle to not edit my writing or look at my research that I’ve been compiling since April. I was off to great start and still am. I’ve consistently stayed ahead on my daily word count goals. While I refer to my outline, new ideas come to me as a I write, driving me and my story forward. I’ve completely changed some things, though, and added new things and discarded others. I’ve rewritten scenes, which I need to stop doing. I must stop going back to read what I’ve already written.
Along the way, I changed my protagonist’s name and gave her an entirely new personality. Once I reached around 7,000 words, I decided to completely changes things. I deviated from my original plan and shifted the point of view to another character. Through all my plotting, I had never considered changing view points from chapter to chapter and character to character, but I’m glad I did. It’s been great fun. I feel as though it gives my other cast of characters a chance to tell their side of the story. I’m using three different characters who take turns showing and telling their story.
When I decided to use other character’s points of view, I steamrolled through a couple thousand words. Then BAM! I hit a block. I began panicking. My plots and plans had been turned upside down since switching characters. So what did I do? I strayed more off course and did a bad thing to another character — one who isn’t a point of view character but a major player in my cast. I made it so that she was under suspicion of murder. I was so proud that I deviated from my outline. I felt like a total NaNoWriMo’ing panster. I wrote for another 1,000 words and then BAM! Here I sit wondering how the hell to get this character out of the local jail when my outlining did not allow for this plot twist.