Every NaNoWriMo is different for me. All I know about how I write is that I do it best with a 30 day/50,000 word goal. Other than that, there are no rules. No, that’s not accurate: I also cast my characters. A lot of time is spend casting who would play this character among celebrities. Don’t judge me: Matt Bomer is frequent. He’s just so lovely to look at. I have a thing for, what I call, Superman-esque men. It’s the jaw line…
Not to get distracted, but here we are at day 7 of NaNoWriMo and I am already having a weird year. My goal is not so much to write a novel, but to do detailed outline for 1 stand-alone novel and a trilogy. I am far more interested in the trilogy than the stand-alone. One I am writing in public, the other I am writing in private. It changes things when you write something in private only. There is an intimacy to what is happening and writing a detailed outline contributes. I am trying this for the first time. This is the story free from the details, most of the dialogue, and with acknowledgement of things that may never make it into the actual text of the novel. I am telling myself the story and so it is a conversation between me and the characters. To make matter more insane, I am actually having internal conversations with one of my lead characters. It’s insanely intimate.
Here are some interesting developments as of day 7:
- Day one started off with a sore wrist. I accidentally pulled the charger out of 2 computers without realizing it. That meant that I had no computer to use at the write-in because I forgot my power cord as well. I had to hand-write at the event, but got in about 800 words. I went home and dictated them into a Google doc.
- One of the novels is a modernization of Northanger Abbey (see how I used you all last month for my own purposes). I have cast Henry Tilney and if you don’t know who he is then you clearly don’t pay attention to popular culture. This may have to change:
- Yes, Matt Bomer is a character in the trilogy… and an important one. I am trying to break away from my reliance of the attractive= morally good trope for male characters. I am also trying to avoid making my characters good or bad. I would much rather have them be morally complex.
- The Elementals trilogy starts us off in New Orleans in the mid-1990s. I am trying to do some research into what the Lower Ninth Ward was like then. You may recall that neighborhood was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and is still struggling with recovery. I am pretty sure I am going to need to visit in the next few years to map out the city and talk to residents. I am pretty excited. It has been about 18 years since I was last in New Orleans.
- Saturday was a event wide challenge to double your word count. I doubled my word count from 5,652 to 11,477 words. That’s an increase of 5,825 words. What helped was a 3 hour write-in. I also have been writing before I go to bed. I was able to write the last 1,000 words in about 45 minutes.
We are just a week in and I am already feeling very productive. Will I walk away with finished novels? Nope! After so many years of doing NaNoWriMo I like the idea of approaching the month differently.
What are your thoughts so far? Are you pissed at me because I have ignored something? Would you like to be a character in one of the novels? Let me know now before I can’t change anything!