I’ll admit, I didn’t outline a thing when it came to my NaNoWriMo novel. Not. A. Bit. Which has been good to me so far – twists and threads and complications have been spontaneously generating like crazy, and what was originally a pretty threadbare plot is getting some serious meat on it.
The problem, though, is that I almost have to pause after each scene/short chapter, or every thousand words or so. I finish one bit, get just a little into the next to set it up (and so I don’t vaporlock when I pick it back up later), and then just… need a break. Usually somewhere between twenty minutes and an hour. I’ll offer advice in the NaNo forums, answer e-mail, watch tv, play a game, just something that isn’t working on the text itself.
It’s been somewhat useful – about half the twists and other plot stuff have shown up during those breaks, the other half while writing. But it’s not “neutral”. I’m having to readjust my schedule because of it – I wasn’t factoring that kind of breaks into my plan for writing time.
What I’m wondering – and this is largely aimed that those of you who have more experience writing novels – if this is more likely an artifact of my not outlining the work or an artifact of me having primarily worked in short fiction before now.
Any guesses? Thoughts? Similar issues?