Sunday, November 6, 2016

Day Six, Don't Fix - NaNoWriMo 2016

WORD COUNT: 16,018

Obviously, not as productive today, but that's okay. I did clean the kitchen and bathroom and clean my sheets, so I think that should count as a couple extra words.

My heroine got attacked today! I had no idea where to go, and decided to write an action scene. Sometimes, ideas come out if you just sidetrack yourself enough. I don't know if an actual idea came out, but hey, I got a thousand or so words out of it, and she still isn't fully out of the situation. I'll have to deal with the cleanup and fallout tomorrow morning, I guess. We'll see what happens; she argued with her husband last time, so I don't think she should fight with him again. Something else needs to happen.

I have an idea for between chapters, too. I think I'll try and include little blurbs like the back of books, which give a little bit of the idea of the plot. Of course, they are only giving the A-plot, which is my B-plot, so it will highlight the usual plotline. That might be fun. I might need to take it out, but hey, that's for December. It's something fun to do now.

About one-third done--hooray!

PROMPT: Today's prompt is a free character for you. Add the following character to your novel: The parent of your antagonist, who is actually quite a nice person if you get to know them

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Day Five and Thrive - NaNoWriMo 2016


A very productive writing day, if I do say so myself! We had the coffee crawl (I'm still at it, actually, but I think I'm done with the noveling portion), so I had four hours of focus time. The write for fifty minutes, walk/break for ten minutes rhythm was really good. Including me, there were five people, so turnout is lower than what I would have hoped, but the people who came seemed to enjoy it. I would like to do it again next year...we will see.

In other news, I'm enjoying my novel today. We will see if I ever get a proper plot, but I like playing with tropes. I had a Dr. Horrible reference and a TV Tropes reference, so that was good. I don't know if I will stick with this in December, but I'm having fun for now, and writing chick lit is a fun experience. I should have figured that I would need to add some fantasy bits to it to manage.

Anyway. Another write-in tomorrow night. But I'm doing pretty well for day five. Yay!

PROMPT: A free sentence for you to include in your novel! Include the following sentence: “To be fair, if it hadn’t smelled like cheese, none of this would have happened.”

Friday, November 4, 2016

Day Four's No Bore - NaNoWriMo 2016


Progress is being made! I did show off a few potential plotlines in the past two writing sessions--I got my B-Plot started by revealing the supervillain, and the A-Plot started by having a promotion dangled in front of my protagonist's fate. Will that be enough plot to continue this book? We'll see. It's just a first draft. If I get bored, I can throw in some time travel or something. I've done that before.

Writing in the morning is weird. I do like going to work knowing that I don't have to sit down and write later in the day. And the headspace thing isn't as much of an issue as I thought it could be, especially if I have music playing. It helps that it is dark outside. Maybe that's more my preference: I like it to be dark outside.

(I've always been a bigger fan of nighttime over daytime. It's more exciting.)

In other news, my write-in last night had a record turnout. 18 people, I think? It was strong. We will see if they all come back next week, but I'm excited. Who knew that the secret was to have it at the library and not at the Happy Donuts? The things you learn as an ML.


PROMPT: Here's a fun one for you. Have your protagonist tell someone about their first crush!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Day Three is Free - NaNoWriMo 2016

Word count: 3583 (Oh, hush. I have a write-in later.)

Lately I have been writing to The Last Five Years soundtrack, which doesn't really make for the most optimistic writing experience. But I think that when I write, I want my brain to be quiet, and I have the songs stuck in my head. So if I play the songs, they don't play in my head, and I have more free space to write. That's nice.

I just have no idea about my plot. I know what I want to do. I want the B plot to be the A plot, but I don't know what that B plot is. Ooh, maybe I'll start my A plot (which is going to be my B plot) tonight. I'll have a break-in and superhero fight in the living room. Excellent. There's my A plot (that's my B plot). BUT I STILL DON'T HAVE A FULL PLOT. I was thinking, vaguely, there could be a fraud plotline, but that's BORING and I don't know enough about fraud anyway.

This is why I should stick to fantasy. I can make that stuff up if I don't know it.

Hmm. Maybe I'm trying to be too fancy. This is a story about the love interests of superheroes. Normally, their arcs are simple. Trying to become an actor. Trying to discover new physics-y stuff. Running a company. And then they are held hostage at the wrong times. So...maybe a person who wants to get a promotion or something but gets fired for being unreliable because she keeps on being held hostage? That could be interesting.

This may be a good thought. I should have figured this out last week.

PROMPT: Today's prompt is one of my all-time favorites! Include the music you are listening to in your novel. Silence, a podcast, or other sounds all work too!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Day Two Is Through - NaNoWriMo 2016


Well, Day Two isn't technically over, but I got to the word goal for today, so that counts. Maybe I'll do a bit more later. Today was definitely very dialogue-heavy, and I started some subplots from the background characters, but I haven't started my main plot. Mostly because I'm still not sure what it is. Maybe I'll get inspiration for that tomorrow.

Writing in the morning is slow. I have to wake up first. I've heard of people who just pick their laptop off from the floor and start writing, and so far, that isn't me. It takes me twenty minutes or so to wake up before I can get going. But on the bright side, I ran a word sprint this morning, and people were very polite. It's interesting to see an entirely different group of people writing. People writing in different languages, in different time zones. Not many people in PT up at 6:00 to write.

(To be fair, I wish I wasn't either.)

Well, on to day three tomorrow. Hopefully I'll find my main plot by then.

PROMPT: Today you get a free sentence! Include the following sentence in your novel: “The fish tasted weirdly like chicken.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Day One Begins! - NaNoWriMo 2016

(A note - I will be attempting to post a little NaNo discussion and prompt every day this month. Key word there is "attempt". Last time I tried to do something similar, I fizzled out day 12. But hope springs eternal.)

I come to you with a word count of zero, so that's probably a less than ideal way for me to start NaNoWriMo 2016. Usually, I like to stay up late on Halloween so I can get a day ahead of schedule before I go to sleep, but this year that did not happen. Instead, I woke up early to write, only to make breakfast, do the dishes, and engage in productive procrastination.

It'll be odd, trying to do most of my writing in the morning instead of at night. I've always been a nighttime writer. I like the headspace of knowing that everyone else is asleep and the world belongs to me. Technically, that is still as true at 6AM as it is at 11AM, so maybe it's just a habit dying hard.

Well, we shall see in either case. It's time to start writing. Wish me luck!

PROMPT: Today I give you a free character! Try to add the following character to your novel: A 90-year-old who thinks they are still as spry and energetic as a teenager. (They are not.)