The first time I did NaNoWriMo, I was hesitant to tell people. I was actually always hesitant to tell people I wanted to be an author in general. I was afraid how they would react, tell me that’s stupid or just sort of laugh like it’s one of those “I want to be an astronaut!” dreams that kids have.
So if you are like I was and are afraid to do NaNoWriMo, read this lovely quote and just DO IT!
“Don’t be offended if you encounter some good-natured ribbing; the idea of
writing a novel in a month deserves to be laughed at.”
― Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
As writers, we can’t know everything about everything. And usually that means there are some scenarios and just general things that we aren’t familiar with that we need to write about. So, obviously the solution is research. But is it?
NaNoWriMo is obviously about writing, and getting to that 50,000 word mark. Well, there are things about NaNo that have nothing to do with it, but it is a large part of it. So, as NaNo is only 4 days away (yikes!) I am going to share with you guys my strategy to keeping myself honest with my word count.
Last week I went to Texas for the first time. And I flew for the first time. I had a lot of new experiences, which was exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. But what I realized, is that when we, as authors, experience new things, we can take those experiences (being in a new situation and that situation itself) and use them as reference for our stories. Continue reading
For my NaNo novel for this year, I am revisiting an idea I have had from years ago:
A man and woman have a child together but break up, the woman taking the baby (he doesn’t want it). She ends up giving the baby away for adoption — later the man adopts a daughter (and she’s the baby from before!)
But here is the issue, when I started this story so many years ago (I have no idea where any of it is, or if I just wrote it in my head?!) I was writing it in the perspective of the father. But as I was rethinking it, the daughter might be an interesting POV to use.
So how do I choose? I honestly don’t know. I mean, I could do a pro and cons list. But as I tried to map out plot in my head, I realized that this particular idea is going to be more of a subplot in the entire novel.
If I were to have written it in the POV of the father, I wouldn’t have very much room to go for. I’ve never been a father (well, I will never be a father, as I am a girl…but I am also not a mother). And I’m not sure where else I can take the story other than that small plot idea.
So I started to think, what can I do plot wise for the daughter POV? Well, that opened up a lot of doors. Here are some additional plot points I came up with:
- She is a daddy’s girl, it’s been only the two of them since she was 10.
- Mom comes back into their lives, dad has to be friendly with his ex, but now there is a third person in their personal lives.
- She finds a boy at school – can cause conflict between the two parents.
- Dad is also dating – more conflict!
So now, instead of my story being all about this one plot point, the story is about people coming in and out of this girl’s life, and how she manages her relationships with people she is closest to.
Now I realize that thinking out problems like this can open up solutions to other problems I didn’t realize I had!
Featured image from Flickr user Kelley Conkling.
In case you were unaware, or were ignoring time slipping by, NaNoWriMo is in a little over than a week. So with that in mind, I want to talk about the two camps of NaNo participants: pantsers and planners. Continue reading
In college, I loved having the ability to chat about writing with other writers. Since I graduated, it sucks not having that kind of community. I’ve been looking for a place where I can ask questions and give advice to others where I can. I couldn’t find anything that suited my wants, so I decided to create my own community on Google+! Continue reading