OMFG, can we talk about how much outlining helped me with this? Now, I’ve basically been a pantser for most of my writing. I have a gerneral idea of what’s supposed to happen in my head and I just go. But the last time I attempted NaNoWriMo… A decade or so ago?
Shit, I’m old…
Anyway, the last time I tried it, I failed massively. Now, I still have the idea in my brain and I have an outline, I’m not rigidly sticking to it. I may have turned into a planner, but I’m not shamlessly sticking to my outline. Stories can be living things that – like children – don’t always follow the plan you laid out for them. They take on a life of their own.
Today was kinda crazy and it took until late at night to get my word goal but at least I didn’t struggle for ideas or anything. When I was able to grab a moment to write, the words flowed just fine.
Be prepared for all my posts to be about this until the end of the month.
Now that my last project is finished, I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo this year. Now that I have Shelley and I’m not writing things in a notebook, I think I can try and pull this off. I can just sync the file and put the words into the word counter on the site instead of having written words to type up. If you wanna track my progress I’ll be posting daily updates but you can also be my buddy on the site if you’re interested.
I’ve been prepping for this on the sly and I have a chapter by chapter breakdown of what I want to happen. I’m not sure if it will end up being 50,000 words and I’m not going to fluff it to fill a word count but I will try to complete the story in a month. My core idea is a clean but dark age gap lesbian romance where the main characters are witches. I think even with the time crunch, it will be fun to work on!
I’ll also try to get back to posting reviews if I have time.
Where in the past the answer for me has been NO FREAKIN WAY; this year I actually thought about jumping in to the fray. So, what stopped me this year?
I went down my list of works in progress (significantly smaller than this time last year) and decided those things must take priority over NaNoWriMo this year. Maybe next year I’ll give it a shot if I don’t have anything major going on.
For NaNoWriMo, I promised to finish Lost Brother. And I did! Man, it feels good to finally have that complete.
Now, this isn’t a complete, publishable work. It’s a rough draft. I still have to type it up, check for typos, fix continuity errors, read it through 3 times, add or delete scenes, read it through again, decide I hate all of it and want to burn it, then finalize it so I can publish it.
It’s an odd process, I know.
I have to say, out of the three, this one was the most emotionally taxing to complete. The other two were hard work for sure but yikes… I need a break after this one.
Now that the story is at least complete, I’m going to move on to completing several other shorter projects I’ve had floating around, then move on to some other novels I’ve started. Sorry to say it but Lost Brother will be the last in the First Brood series for awhile. Mostly because I have no clue what to do from here.
I usually don’t like to work under pressure but giving myself the goal of finishing book three in lieu of NaNoWriMo has actually worked for me! I’ve been sticking to my 5 pages every day and I’m absolutely going to have it done before the end of the month.
The only drawback is I’m pretty sure to see some MAJOR editing time in my future. I’m just scribbling my words on the paper and making notes on what needs to be added in the margins. I’m sure the notebook will be a funny artifact once I’m dead… Actually, no. My handwriting is shit. Forget it.
I’m not a big fan of NaNo and that’s mostly due to how I write. I tried it and what I produced was such a mess, it required so much time to fix I might as well have just taken my time in the first place.
So, why even bring it up? I do have a nearly completed draft of Lost Brother; the third book in my First Brood series. I gotta say, it’s been an emotional roller-coaster working with this beast of a novel and there’s some hesitation in me to wrap it all up. Since everyone is talking about NaNo, I’ve decided to use this month to plow through that ending no matter what. Maybe that challenge will get me out of my own way so I can finish a current project rather than start a new one (as I have so many up in the air, there’s no way I’m beginning another).
Do you hear that? That is the sound of millions of writers revving their creative engines for the novel blitz of the year. As I am a writer with too many balls in the air as is, I will not be participating. But I will be doing NaNoPloMo over at BlogHer instead because anyone who reads this blog knows I have issues with consistent posting. 9_9 Hopefully this will jog me to post about whatever fool thing crosses my mind rather than thinking “Eh, nobody’s interested in that.”
FYI, I will only be doing this on WordPress as you can only apply one blog to the list (I’m assuming).
So, is anyone else doing NaBloPoMo? Or will you be going for broke writing the next great American novel? 😉
After a semi-restful weekend (how restful is a birthday party for a 3 year old, really?) I have traced the headache problems to lack of sleep and lack of sleep to the snoring of my dear ole’ hubbz. Short of kicking him out to sleep on the couch, I’m not gonna sleep well with him in the bed till he sees a doctor or I smother him with a pillow. Whichever comes first.
In writing news, the two small stories I’m working on are moving along well, Dark Horse enjoyed my last review, and I’m excited to start my Short Story Project next month instead of doing NaNoWriMo. Edits for book two are proceeding slowly but steadily and I hope for the preview chapters to be going up on the site soon. As soon as I have them all perfect and pristine, they’ll start going up. 🙂 Are you excited? I sure am. I’ve been picking at book two for YEARS now!
That’s all I’ve got so far. Eventually I’ll catch up with the Pagan Blog thing but probably not this week with Comic Con right around the corner. I would like to get through the whole thing, ya know?
I can’t exactly place whether or not I’ve learned something tangible from NaBloPoMo. I certainly have more readers than I did a month ago and that’s always a plus. One thing is for certain; it’s a hell of a lot easier than NaNoWriMo and I am MUCH more pleased with the content I produced. The novel I tried (and failed) to complete a couple of years ago needed so much rewriting, I might as well have taken my time and got it done properly the first time. I suppose there is something to be said for just throwing words at a page and many great novels have come out of it but it’s just not for me.
I do think I would do NaBloPoMo again next year. ^_^ And I will try to update more often than I was prior to this month. 😉
Tis October so the familiar rumblings of NaNoWriMo are upon us again. Let me succinctly sum up my feelings on this matter: I’m not doing that crazy shit again!!! I did it last year and not only did I NOT make the word count, the words I DID write were utter crap! There is something to be said, as loudly and often as possible, for quality over quantity. I started the Dreamhunter sequel during it and looking back on what was written, there is SO much work that needs to be done to it which would have been avoided if I would have just taken my time and done it correctly. This includes entire scenes which were left out because I was straining for a damn word count. A complete and utter waste of an entire month.
While it is an admirable goal for me to try and finish a novel in less than 8 years (that’s how long it took DH to be officially completed), that is not the way to go. So it takes awhile. You, as well as me, will just have to live with that.
This is not to say I have no plans for November. Quite the opposite, actually. For that month, I will be taking a break from both my novels to see how many short stories I can complete in a month’s time. Not typed and clean, just start to finish, under 100 pages or so. Perhaps one will be the spring board to another novel? Crap, I hope not. I’ve got about 10 in here… *knocks head* But I need practice in keeping things short. That’s what I want to learn from this. ^_^