NaNoWriMo Prep [2016]

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Ah, yes, it’s late in September. The temperatures are going down, though we had a rather late summer and we still get the occasional hot day. I’m really hoping for a balmy October, Indian Summer style. It’s also time for thinking about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those who do not know).

In November, writerlings all over the globe are going to retreat into their chambers, balance their portable devices on their laps and in their hands and write a novel – hopefully. 50,000 words, to be exact, is the aim. The excitement of newbies is already palpable, while repeat offenders are still busy doing other stuff and probably start preparations in the last week of October, just put it in before Halloween.

Well, I’ve started thinking about some projects, that is if I’m able to complete my current project before November (please, please, let me finish it before NaNo!) I’m actually trying to overhaul my writing regimen (if you can call it that) these days, and I’m almost back to book1writing every day, writing about 2,000 words a day. It feels good, but it’s not set in stone, because my mental health is unstable to say the least.

But, I’m still planning, still thinking about possible novels/novellas I’d like to write/finish for NaNo. Will it be the Austenesque love story I started ages ago and would so like to finish? Or maybe 2015’s NaNo attempt at a time traveller novel? Yes? No? Maybe I’ll be writing a thriller about a bondsperson and a P.I. who really need to get a room and solve the mystery around a small-time ciminal. Or what about that thing with the two women who were… ah, never mind. It’s all really vague, but I’m still excited about the concept of NaNo.

What about you? Do you have plans to participate again or for the first time? Are you already outlining your novel, or are you writing by the seat of your pants? Genre? Tell me in the comments. And if you need a writing buddy: Corikane‘s the name.

And if you’ve never come across NaNo, here’s a helpful link: www.Nanowrimo.org

See you there.

I’m writing [5]

Looking up which number to put into the brackets, I realized that the last installment of ‘I’m writing’ was in November. I’m such a slacker but I’m trying not to be on my own case so much. After all, it’s my time – I don’t wanna spend it nagging at myself.

And I am writing and I am proud of my progress.

Ghosts of Helltown1I’ve already told you about Ghosts of Helltown a little. It’s the story of Jennifer Clarke who is a kind of superhero. She works for a company that uses her powers for the Greater Good, at least that what Jen thinks is happening. When Alice Watson, a reporter fresh off the British isles, moves in next to her Jen starts rethinking a lot of her former beliefs. There’s a love story in there, and a big explosive showdown with the villains.

The thing about Ghosts of Helltown is that it’s really old. I started writing this over ten years ago.It was the first novel I intended to write in English. There are so many mistakes in the current draft but on the whole… it’s not half-bad. And that’s why I ultimately came back to it.

If you’re a writer you probably have projects like this on your computer: ideas, unfinished manuscripts, maybe even finished drafts which haven’t yet made it to the front of your revision-line. Maybe like me, you have a folder ‘unfinished’ on your computer. Maybe you have folder named ‘unlikely candidates’ too? They’re the rejects of an overstimulated mind.

But you do have stories started, projects imagined on your PC or in your mind that you just can’t forget about. I think it’s good to go back to them every once in a while. Maybe your imagination wasn’t ready for it yet, maybe you lacked experience or didn’t want to do the research. Maybe you thought you were lacking in some other department of the brain. Well, it’s still there, you know. You could give it another try. Or you could leave it lying just a little bit longer.

As for Ghosts of Helltown, its time has come. I’m working feverishly on its completion. And ghostit makes me incredibly happy to have come back to it. Some manuscripts are just worth getting back to. I’m sure you have a couple of those as well. Wanna tell me about them in the comments? Go ahead.

Publication date for Ghosts of Helltown is April 2017 by Ylva Publishing.

[The cover you see above I created myself, it’s not the official cover. The copyright for the photo lies with Paramount Pictures (not making any money with it, guys, I just borrowed it to play around with some ideas), from the film Aeon Flux with Charlize Theron.]

 

Halfway Home [1]

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Halfway Home is one of those stories. They don’t let you go, they wanna get written. And that’s what I’m doing at the moment. Yes, you heard correctly, I am writing.

I’ve been running in so many circles this year, one of them was, that when I get back to writing I would start with this story. And I kept pushing it away, saying ‘Tomorrow.’ Well, tomorrow has finally arrived. For ten whole days, I’ve been sitting, I’ve been hammering away on my keyboard, I’ve written about 17,000 words.

Let me tell you, it feels good. And I’m doing this without safety net, I’m not even obsessing much. It’s just a story about two women, the kind you’ve already read about a thousand times and will read about another thousand times, because it’s delicious when two women meet.

Dina and Kerry meet at a hotel in Cincinnati. It’s just before Christmas which Kerry celebrates with her family, while Dina is stranded on her way to her own family. Then her father dies and in the painful days that follow Kerry, a stranger, is there for her. That’s how it begins.

I like these two women. They’re very different, they’re at different points in their lives, with different people and different problems. But a deep understanding forms between them, a connection. It’s not just about love – though there’s always that. It’s about friendship, about caring, about having a bad day and the person you call to get drunk with.

I’m not sure of how long this story is going to be. My gut feeling tells me about 70,000 words and I’m about halfway there. But my gut doesn’t write this book, and my gut has been known to be wrong about things. So, maybe it’s gonna be less, maybe it’s gonna be more. I’m just here to enjoy the ride.

Eventually, I hope that you will, too. Enjoy this story, that is. But at the moment, it’s all mine. And I’m just so happy writing again. It’s so hard to find that beginning, that moment where everything else becomes stale and you hunger for your own story. You sit down and it’s like you’ve never been gone.