NaNo prep..

What have I done to prepare for NaNo? 

Not a whole hell of a lot.  I honestly meant to plan out at least the next two sections, but it’s been a no-go so far.  Why?  Well I’ve applied for a new job, and it’s been a fucking crisis trying to get all my paperwork done and turned in. 

Also, my brain just isn’t working towards the future like that.  It will HAVE to kick into gear on November 1st.  I’m just keeping the faith that I’ll find things to write about when I have to. 

I did finally download Scrivener and import what I have so far.  I had never really played with it much before, but the idea of being able to break it down into sections, and move those sections around is seriously appealing for my editing process.  I’m jazzed about that.  I just have to come up wtih the $45 to register it, and I’ll be golden. 

In the process of adding that and splitting the sections up, I’ve fallen back in love with my characters and my story.  I have enough distance that I can see what needs to be rewritten and improved, but overall, I think I have a good thing going.  I’m going to try to get to 40,000 in the next few days so that I can start there and move to 90,000 over the course of the month.  We’ll see how that goes.  😉

As it is, I need a few more accidents and mishaps for my protag to go through.  That’s what this section is about..  All the little things that can go wrong in your daily. I’ve already had her lock herself out of the house, blow up some soap and burn down part of her garden, and twist her ankle.  There should be more.  😀

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Word count 10/19

HOF-paid 1                          2392

June’s story                         3368

Altar of Change                   37,432  (only 500+ words)

 

The scene I’m writing should be easier than it is.  It’s very relevant to my life right now.  However, there’s just so much emotion there that I’m trying my best to capture something that may be elusive.  At the very least, it’s something that your average reader probably just won’t understand. 

I hate to think that I may be alienating readers by going into themes that are too pagan, too kinky, too dark, but I don’t feel like I can write this particular story any other way.  To dull or dumb it down would be a disservice to where I think the story can go.  It will just be a limited market, I suppose.  I’m OK with that.

Then I look at Cherie Priest, who can mix crazy genres into a beautiful amalgamation of literary happiness, and I feel better about writing something that may not be mainstream.

 

EDIT:  Also, my goal here is not to get up to NaNo speed (about 2000 words/day), but just to get back into the habit of writing every day.  At the very least, I do hope to have reached 40,000 by November 1st.  🙂

Word count 10/18

HOF-paid 1                          2392

June’s story                         3368

Altar of Change                   36,879 (Almost 1000 words.  Not great, but at least I wrote tonight.)

 

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Other things I did tonight: 

I did some research, trying to find an Asian culture for one of my characters.  She’s going to be Filipino, because they’re very conservative.  That’s what I needed for the story. 

I also found out about dreadlock care.  I wanted to know if it was feasable for my character (with her dreadlocks) to submerge herself in a tub without ruining her locks.  She can.  It’s fine.  It will all be Ok.

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I’m really trying to get back into the writing habit for NaNo.  I think I can actually do it.  I think I can sit down for a few hours each night, and make a go of it.  I think I may still be crazy.  :-

I was hoping to find a writing group for NaNo, and beyond, but I’ve only had one person who seemed interested. She’s great, but I was hoping for a group.  However, she writes a lot of the same things that my friend Iruka writes, so I kind of hinted that they should make friends.  They have.  🙂