In 2012 I wrote I did not see the point of NaNoWriMo, as I thought I already had what it took to write a novel.
Let me clarify that statement . . . I already knew I could write a 50K novel, the supposed reason for doing NaNoWriMo. That is not bravado; nearly anyone can put down 50K words in a month.
The quality of those words? That’s another story, but one can certainly type 50K words in one month.
Witness the 2013 NaNoWriMo, and me jumping into it. After a few updates (I, II, III, IV), I stopped writing because we were gone from home for the last few weeks of November . . . traveling is not conducive to writing, especially if the travel includes long days visiting friends, and longer days visiting Disney parks and resorts.
That’s right, I stopped NaNoWriMo with 14,000 words to go . . . and did not pick up the story again until February. Actually, I started posting chapters in February, concurrent to my other writing effort N.E.O. . . . and Fall of Angels . . . and a bunch of short stories.
Some have suggested I should polish the story up, and send it in.
What do they mean ‘polish’? I thought it was already polished!
Seriously, I know of at least one author whose NaNoWriMo effort went on to be published into a book. HERE Mary Robinette Kowal shows her outline for Shades of Milk and Honey, a novel she wrote for NaNoWriMo. Don’t worry if you have not read the book; the original outline was modified, so this version won’t spoil anything.
Outlining . . . I look at outliners with some envy even as I can’t see myself doing it.
I link all that here because some writers (and people who are thinking of writing) might contemplate doing NaNoWriMo, and outlining might be just the thing to help them along.
I have not read any of them, and are not likely to read them. I also have not read Jane Austen. I say that hesitantly as I was in a number number of advanced English classes in High School and University, so there is a chance I might have been given one of her books as an assigned read.
If I did, I do not remember, and that is a strong indication of my feelings about her works . . . I remember books that make even a mild impression on me.
Note to all the Austen fans: I’m not disparaging the author or her works. I am sure they are fine pieces of fiction worthy, perhaps, of even being considered classics, but they are not my cup of tea (pun intended). It it makes Austen fans feel any better, I don’t like Shakespeare, either (even as I write this, I know that if I ever “make it” as a writer, I will be despised and shunned by other writers – not a problem per se as I have a long history of being despised and shunned).
Where were we . . . oh, yeah . . . NaNoWriMo and outlining.
In twelve day’s time I will be embarking on my second NaNoWriMo effort, and this time I don’t have any travel plans. Short of some emergency, disease, alien attack, or meteor strike, a novel will be written and finished next month.
Unlike last year, where I just started writing without a thought to character, plot, or even genre, this year will be different.
I am going to formulate a plan, and stick to it.
I plan on writing a detective novel.
. . . what? . . . what do you mean “and?”
That’s it; that’s my plan.
What? No, I don’t know the characters or plot . . . I assume that will come to me as I start writing.
Hey! What do you mean “it’s not much of a plan?” It’s more than I had last year! Baby steps, man; baby steps!
Look, I think I can draw on my experience and write a detective novel. Sure, my experience is not as solid as some authors in the genre, but I think writing about a private dick will come to me fairly easy since I am often referred to by that moniker, and I am a fairly private person.
Things will work out, you’ll see.
By the way, as I mention HERE, I will only post the first few chapters, and all subsequent chapters will be only accessible with a password.
Anyway, I need to go prepare for the ordeal of writing a whole novel in thirty days . . . I need to eat some blueberry pie with ice cream, watch some TV with melisa, snack some more, look at my pictures, maybe do some bills, check some e-mails . . . in other words, anything to pass the time between now and the GO! moment on November 1st.
For them who also plan to write a novel, you can join a community HERE. You can register, get tips, be offered support and advice, join word count competitions, and if you make it, you can get a nifty certificate.
Me? Oh, no, that’s not for me; that sounds like socializing.
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