April came and went (so did May, apparently) and I didn't get a lot of writing done for Camp Nano. Anyone surprised? It seems I don't complete more than I do complete. I just had an expectation that April would be less busy than November is. I still believe that it should be, but somehow it didn't turn out to be easier to carve out time for writing. I have no intentions of writing this November. It's still a few months off though so who knows. What I have started, however, is a revision of my 2010 Nano.
I've dug it out and dusted it off and I'm rereading it now. It's not bad. It's a little juvenile. I'm hoping that I can shake that out a little. Or perhaps that's just how I write. I think I'm a little better author than that though. It could be just a byproduct of writing in a hurry to get word counts in and its simply a brain dump that needs a lot of fleshing out.
I've started to out line the story. I'm kind of doing it backwards. Write it first, outline it second. I've built a basic outline in Y-writer and I'm filling in character details as I bring chapters and scenes over to the program. I think I really need this because as the book developed I skipped around depending on which character was in my head at the moment. Y-writer can help me move things around and balance out any mistakes I have in characters and settings.
I'm enjoying this. It isn't going to be a fast process. I don't want to put a deadline on myself. I will do it when I feel like I have some downtime. It's neat to reread the story and remember some of the details that I had forgotten. And it feels good to still love this story and the characters after so many years.