NaNoWriMo Prep [2015]

It’s that time of year – NaNoWriMo is just around the corner and writerlings like me prepare to put down 50k words on virtual paper. I wasn’t sure I was going to participate in NaNo this year, but since I didn’t take the chance for MyNoWriMo which I wanted to do in June and I lay awake yesterday morning having an idea, I thought, yeah, well, why not. You can see how excited I am.

Seriously, though, I’m preparing for NaNo with a great idea – epic, comes to mind. It’s a series about our world ending – or maybe not, because there are still a handful of people fighting the inevitable. You can also see how this is something that’s never been done before… I don’t even know where the cynicism is coming from, right now.

The idea is good. It’s not really at a stage of writing down yet, but I hope I’ll be getting there come November. I’m not sure I should tell you more. My first notion was to keep it all secret, write like a madperson, sit brooding over my text at nights and start looking like a sleep-deprived workaholic in the process. While I’m private and sometimes even secretive, this sounded like too much work around the work.

Speaking of work around the work, I just created a cover for the potential novel I’m potentially going to write, which will potentially be a part of a four book series – you know, potentially.

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Like it? I do. It’s called Out of Time – in case you can’t read the title on this small version. You may note that I once again have Time in the title – remember last year’s NaNo-fail Carpe Tempus? Yes, I will again concern myself with time-travel, but it’s going to be a small part of a much larger plot – again, potentially.

So, do tell: how far along are you in your NaNo preparations? Are you a pantser like me? Or have you started planning your new novel since December?

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NaNoWriMo – Update [3]

Another NaNo-week. What I find really interesting at this point is that my outlook on the whole endeavor changes. First few days, I was mostly excited and wrote to write. First full week was more thoughtful but mostly fun and games. And now…

I feel that it’s time to think more about the story, to see where it is going. I just thought the other day that it was more important to worry about what happens than the word count. It’s just the way I work. I feel that I’ve come a ways by just hacking away but if I don’t stop and think for a while, the story goes down the drain. I don’t want that.

So, I took a day off yesterday to think what I want to happen, to make some notes, to get back to plotting just a little – not a lot. I like to know what happens, and I hadn’t thought about these things at all before starting this NaNo-venture.

But I did some writing this last week. I’m now at 15.294 words, chapter 9. I’m not really happy with the chapters and haven’t got a grip on how long this will actually be in the end. I need to put a little more headwork into the story, get a better feel for the structure. I haven’t written yet today, maybe I won’t.

You probably think I’m getting lazy, and you would be right, too. And you would be wrong. Sometimes writing is not writing at all, but acquainting oneself with one’s story. And I know NaNo is deliberately about ‘the writing,’ hacking away at words, to do. But if I don’t know my story, I lose interest, and then I might just stop caring. Meaning, I need to know more.

Where am I? Wells and Christine (the woman from the book store) sort through her mother’s library. They find a first edition of Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers and after Christine leaves, Wells finds a couple more. In Wharton’s The Touchstone, she finds a handwritten dedication to her mother, and assumes that it must be a fake. She’s angry and disappointed with her mother. She meets her mother’s friend Martin, and they argue about who Elizabeth really was.

So far. Next up is the reading of Elizabeth’s Last Will and the funeral… and hopefully, Wells will travel through time soon. I’m a little scared about that part, especially when it omes to the time machine, how it works, and, of course, the history. But I’m also excited and eager – writing, you know.

Carpe tempus, lovelies.