Signed up on NaNoWriMo, check.
Killer idea, check.
Outline written, hashed, rewritten, check.
Fantastic opener sure to snag attention, check.
With a little over a week left until I can start with the actual WRITING of my NaNo novel, I’m stuck sitting on this idea. This raises a few problems.
One reason I hate outlining is that once the story is on paper (even in outline form) a bit of the passion and excitement I feel for the story diminishes. That’s the reason writers write. There’s a story inside and it needs to get out. Once it does, even if it’s only in a form that I can understand, some of the magic is sucked out of it. So the questions is, then, how do I retain that magic until writing day?
I suppose a solution would be to stuff it away, forget about it until November 1st, but then I take the risk of losing the nuggets of genius dialogue, one-liners, etc. that come from allowing the story to simmer delicately on the back burner.
So… now what?
Sure, I could outline more. Sure, I could delve deeper into my character and come up with elaborate pasts for every fucking one of them. But I already know them. I know them well enough that if you asked me what their favorite color is, I’d answer in a heartbeat. The soup doesn’t need any more pepper. It’s perfect. Now let me serve it, dammit.