I was starting to panic the last couple of weeks, because I still don't have an outline for my novel, and I procrastinated BECAUSE I was panicking by reading several really good books on writing. I guess that means that I procrastinated in a good way *g*. I did learn a lot, and the tips are helping me to better organize my thoughts. I decided to break the planning/plotting stage down into smaller sections so it doesn't seem like such a big task, and now I know what steps I need to take each day to be ready to start on June 1st.
Today, I'm working on character sheets. I've never liked "god-like" characters, so I"m making sure that my chars have their own weaknesses or faults, which is actually easier than I thought it would be. Because the groups of characters have animalistic qualities, I'm having fun working with their appearances, personalities and mannerisms. I still don't have a definite villain or group of villains, but I'm confident that will come soon.
I've made several maps of the world, but I'm still not completely satisfied with it yet. I see it slowly appearing piece by piece in my mind, and I want to make sure that I can fully immerse myself in each environment to help make the book come alive.
Books on writing that I've read/am reading to prepare for Camp:
Ready, Set, Novel! by Chris Baty
No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell
NaNoWriMo for the New and the Insane by Lazette Gifford