Monday, October 10, 2011

Coming Up

The Baker (not so) Wetlands.
Since it's mid-October, I'm thinking about what I'm going to write in November.

Yeah, it's time for NaNoWriMo again.

Those of you that follow me on Twitter and are friends on Facebook (links are over there on the right of this post if you're not already) should brace yourselves for the onslaught of updates about how many words per day I'm going to be writing. I know the barest of outlines of my story though I don't know the characters yet. It involves cities, books, ancient gods and a threat from beyond time and it's called Organ of Record.

I know my central character will be a strong female because I love writing that kind of person, but this time I'm going to have to make her more flawed than ever before because that's where the conflict will come from. It has to. There can't just be some nebulous threat 'from beyond time', there has to be a real, physical threat. That's what will force the floodgates of my mind open and let the words flow.

The last couple of months I've been writing super-short stories, things just for me in the 1000 to 3000 word range. For NaNo, I've gotta write 1800 words a day. I'm hoping this year will grease the ol' brain enough that I can go back to last year's unfinished novel over the holiday break from my day job.

In order to get started, though, I need to know a bit about my heroine and the villains. (I'm not giving away anything here. When it's done you're going to love the concept, it's BIG.) I already know the device that will be used to solve the problems, all I have to do is create the complications that will make them seem insurmountable. I need whiskey (or coffee), some quiet time and pencil and paper to accomplish this.

I'm rambling. I'm excited. I want to write this book, I want to finish last year's book. I've got other things that are on the backburners of my word processor (Scrivener, by the way, in case you were wondering) that are begging me to get back to them. I'm planning my writing time, limbering up the knuckles and expanding my vocabulary.

Are you going to participate in NaNoWriMo? What are you going to write? What kind of flaws should my main character have? Tell me in the comments and stick around for the next seven or eight weeks to see what happens. It should be a magnificent disaster at the least and might be even better. Either way, this story has got to get out of my head.

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