I've mentioned this before, but I'm getting ready for NaNoWriMo in November. That's where you have one month to write a 50,000 word novel, book, manuscript. What a challenge!
I'm looking forward to participating in the challenge, but I know I'll lose if I'm not prepared!
I've outlined my planned novel, and now I'm concentrating on certain chapters and events.
In one chapter there is a bank robbery. Now, it's not the focus of the book... it's just something that happens. But, I know I have no idea how to write this scene!
Research to the rescue! I have chosen names for the gang that plans and executes the robbery, and I've chosen what I think of the location. (Georgia Railroad Bank on Broad Street in Augusta!) Now I'm looking into what will actually happen in the scene.
Wouldn't it be easier if I could walk into a bank, explain the situation to the manager, and get a well thought out way they could be robbed... instead of probably getting myself arrested! Yeah, I don't think our local banks care about the plight of the lonely novelist.
Now, the key here is that I can't actually write any of this! I can research, take notes, and outline to my heart's content, but I absolutely cannot write it. Of course this is done on the honor system. But, I'm a stickler for stuff like this. I don't cheat, and I won't cheat because it wouldn't be fair to others who are participating. Who wants to win by cheating anyway?
The robbers! Ooohh... I have to go write this down!