Wednesday, November 02, 2011

A Line of Letters

The Leonov from the film version of 2010.
Yesterday I wrote a little over 3800 words on a new project for NaNoWriMo. (If you don’t know what NaNo is, give it a click there and find out a little more than it’s about writing 50,000 words in 30 days or 1667 words per day to make the goal.) Today I got another 1200 or so in before I left for work. Are they all good? Nope, but they’re THERE which means that I’ve produced something that I can change later on.

Which is good in and of itself because it means I’m working on something with some fervor. It’s captured my imagination and I’m writing for me and no one else. At least right now I’m writing to please myself.(Don't worry, I'm going to meet my other obligations this month, too.)

That’s the beauty of NaNo: the abandonment of self-conscious writing. It’s just words on paper, one after the other, trying to tell a story that makes some kind of sense when it’s done. One doesn’t have to work from a plan (and I have Heath Ledger’s voice in my head saying it like he did in The Dark Knight – plaann) and I’ve tried writing from a detailed plot and from a spur of the moment idea with mixed success. I made a lot of notes this year about characters, events, places and things and then strung them together to create a loose kind of plot that has already yielded one interesting point that I hadn’t anticipated.

There’s racial tension, prejudice, dislike, maybe even hate between an older starfaring race and humans who are the Johnnys-come-lately to intergalactic/interstellar travel but are more and more ubiquitous every day in the universe. The elders see humans as impudent, irreverent and more than just a little troublesome. The humans see the elders as staid, uncaring and an obstacle to be overcome.

I had no idea it would be like this when I sat down to start typing yesterday morning. It gives my story quite a backbone to work with and definitely sets up the larger conflicts later on that I had already planned as well as some hidden motivation for ONE of the villains. (I’m not giving too much away, I promise.)

It’s only the second day of November, I’m only 5000 words into my story, but I’m loving it so far. It’s shiny, it’s new and sexy. It’s NaNoWriMo and I’ve got one hell of a Science Fiction story brewing. I’m excited to share it with you guys when it’s done. I see so much promise in it, I feel so inspired. I can’t wait to get to the end to see if it resembles anything like I imagine it today.

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