I am so looking forward to NaNoWriMo this year. Not only have I got a solid rough outline, which is something entirely new for me, but I am enthusiastic about the story line. I love my main character and can’t wait to write her story.
In the past I haven’t bothered with an outline. I’ve had some vague scenes in mind and worked from there. While I’ve been successful in finishing the challenge, I have not gone back and worked on the drafts. I wasn’t involved enough in the novels to bother. This year is different.
I have a number of writing buddies this year. In past years, I’ve sometimes dropped in to the forum, but I’ve never had so many buddies. Should be good for incentive and encouragement to make the 50,000 word count.
I am actually aiming for about 75,000 words, but that may not happen until a rewrite.
I’ll be interrupted by realtors as my house is going on the market November 1st, so I will have to write around showings. But that’s okay. I am psyched. Oh, and of course, I will have to find a new place to live. I love to move to, and decorate, a new place.
For any participant who wants to add me as a writing buddy, I am faerieblu at NaNoWriMo.
I joined a new (to me, anyway) online writing site the other day. To my horror and discomfort, (a bit of an exaggeration, really) I found the first few posts on the site, that were offered to me to read, all – every one of them – contained the “F Word” in either the title, the body of the piece, or even both.
I have been known to use bad language myself on occasion, such as when stubbing a toe or overcooking fried eggs, but there is a limit to the swearing when I write. I don’t feel it is necessary.
Okay, so if the character is in a rage, I might use a mild expletive, but not the F Word.
I shudder to think that slang as well as bad language is becoming the norm.
Where have our good manners gone?
End of Rant.
NaNoWriMo for this year begins, as always, on November 1st. I’ve signed up again, for the fifth year. I’ve reached my goal each year, so I expect to do the same this time.
If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it is an organization that encourages everyone to write 50,000 words between November first and November thirtieth.
It can be done. It requires a lot of determination and imagination.
Some writers like to plan out their book. Others, like me, compose a basic outline and run with it. Other writers just sit down and write, and see where the story takes them.
My story this year will be about a twenty something who is dissatisfied with herself and with her life. She changes, on purpose, all the while dealing with emotions like jealousy and fear. Her mother is dying and her father can’t accept it.
So far, that is my idea. By November first, I may decide to write something else.