So this is what I’m staring at today.
You may notice some changes in Airworld’s writing style now that NaNoWriMo is starting up. Until now, I have made some small efforts to write grammatically correct sentences, avoid too much repetition within a paragraph, find the right words to describe things, put events in the right sequence, etc.
With the start of NaNoWriMo, all of that is going out the window. I will need to roughly double my daily output, so I will have to go into a more stream-of-consciousness sort of a writing mode and discard all filters. I will at least try to keep the story in order, although I can’t guarantee I won’t put in a “flashback” chapter to events in Rorco, if I find myself stuck. And I will try to avoid writing parts that have nothing to do with anything, like a unicorn charging in from nowhere and stabbing people, or a squad of WWII bombers flying overhead, or a hole dropping the characters into an alternate universe.
Drumroll, please! I have decided to go Rebel for NaNoWriMo this year and continue my current WiP, instead of starting a new one. Possibly as many as 2 people could like this news.
I finally decided to drop my previous story idea (which I had sort of dubbed Mixtime – for mixing up people from different times.. get it?). I just couldn’t think of a goal for these disparate characters from different times to work toward once they were together. Every plot idea I wrote down sounded ridiculous, so I would have been writing 50k of pointless nonsense.
Amazingly, I’ll be close to 40k on Airworld by the time Nov 1 rolls around, which means if I complete another 50k that will give me a decent-sized 90k novel.
NaNoWriMo is flying closer with every second, and I’m terribly unprepared. Last year, I spent months worldbuilding beforehand (and then used almost none of it). This year, I have a story seed that’s been in my head for quite some time, but I’m starting to have second thoughts about it.
Mainly because this “seed” is not much of a story. It’s just a collection of ill-defined characters and the barest thread of an excuse for them to come together. It doesn’t feel “ready.”
So as I see it, I have three options. Well, four: 1) Work on Kubak Outpost, The Sequel (which I do actually have a clear storyline idea for). 2) Work on Curses again and actually complete it no matter what (I do occasionally think – hrm, that nuclear option I did was actually pretty cool – how might it continue after that?) 3) Continue on Airworld and only “count” the words I write starting on Nov 1, which would make it into a nice-sized novel. And 4) Think of something entirely new to write.
Of those options, I think only option 4 actually fits with the “spirit” of NaNoWriMo, which is to get out of your comfort zone and write a new novel with reckless abandon. Option 1 would work, but not optimally because I wouldn’t have to invent any new characters. Options 2 and 3 would definitely put me into the “rebel” camp (I checked).
Of course, there’s also option 5: Stick with my existing story seed and make it work. With reckless abandon.
Perusing the NaNoWriMo forums, there are tons of people who already seem to have their whole novel planned out. What’s up with that?
I just totally cheated and wrote the first paragraph of my NaNoWriMo novel. I couldn’t take the chance that I would forget it before November 1st!
First there were sounds. Indistinct, without description. From far away. Then there were shapes, shadows on shadow, fluid. But something familiar about the shapes. Some took on forms that were recognizable. A tree. A house. A home? My home? A face, lips moving, speaking words just out of reach. Mother? Sister? All so strange, so far away. Who am I? What is that feeling? Coldness in the air, clutching his skin, shivering his bones. I am dreaming. I am a he. I have a name, and I am waking. Why should that seem so strange?
Well, I can’t wait to see what happens next, at least. I’ll have to add an additional 100 words to my target goal to make up for the cheating.