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Writing Update, December 2017: Another Month, Another Novel

 

It’s snowing outside again(ugh), so I figured, it’s time to sit down with a cup of tea and talk about how my writing is going.

My goal this month was already ridiculous. The plan was (and still is) to write 80,000 words this December. Then this past Saturday, I added a new novel (or two, oops) right into the works.  So, If you don’t already know, I just wrote a novel. It’s currently sitting in a far away folder on my laptop, collecting dust until January, while I’m supposed to be rewriting last year’s NaNoWriMo work. It’s funny how some things in life never quite go as planned.

I’m still technically, outlining and rewriting last year’s NaNoWriMo novel but I just decided to add to it  another novel which I will start fast drafting today.  This novel was inspired when I started sorting stuff for packing and discovered an old writing notebook. A few prompts and ideas I had written jumped out at me.  Never trash your old ideas or characters, they come in handy sometimes.

So, now I’m character and plot sketching a bit before I run head first into story.  I’ve been trying out a website called Wridea for that, I’ll let you guys know in a later post how it goes.

I’m also rediscovering last year’s novel, as well as planning out what happens between the three books of the trilogy.  Getting back into my character’s minds after too long a break has been an interesting experience, but I can’t wait to see these drafts fall into place beneath my fingers. lt has turned into a prequel, novel, and sequel – all which so many bugs and kinks that are just starting to get worked out.

My biggest problem at the moment is balancing sub plots and plots across three novels (end game of roughly 250k to 300k words total).  There’s so much foreshadowing to figure out, along with political stuff (ugh, why do I do this to myself) and the character arcs.  The characters, while I love them, are my biggest concern at the moment.  There’s no real ‘bad guy’ in these stories, which makes them all the more difficult to write.  There’s good people on both sides who are doing what they believe in during a time of unrest and uncertainty.

That story I started back in March, To Be A Hero, I’m tearing the story up and revamping it.  The huge plot point I couldn’t get over the first time I tried to write it was how they actually became superheroes.  The world building points like how they got their powers and yada yada. Now I’m rearranging a lot of pieces of the puzzle to make it work, the way it should.   Faith and Ramona will be back on Tumblr and Wattpad, causing trouble, sometime within the early months of the New year.  They were a fun duo to play with, it’s good to writing their stories again.

Last year’s NaNoWriMo novel has turned into a prequel, novel, and sequel – all which so many bugs and kinks that are just starting to get worked out.  My biggest problem at the moment is balancing sub plots and plots across three novels (end game of roughly 250k to 300k words total).  There’s so much foreshadowing to figure out, along with political stuff (ugh, why do I do this to myself) and the character arcs.  The characters, while I love them, are my biggest concern at the moment.  There’s no real ‘bad guy’ in these stories, which makes them all the more difficult to write.  There’s good people on both sides who are doing what they believe in during a time of unrest and uncertainty.

Tonight on twitter and tumblr I’m hosting some sprints again like I did during NaNoWriMo, hoping to get a couple thousand words out in my latest story.   The goal over the weekend is to get about 25k in to get back on track with my goals to hit 80k by the end of the month, so I have to write about 5k to 7k today and so on the next two days. I’m only 7.3k into my goal but with 10k marathons in the books for later this month and a 20k day I think I’ll still be able to hit it.

All in all I’d say it’s going pretty well, a bit slow and frustrating in some areas but I’m making progress. The goal is to always keep moving forward.


Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

 

Video Editor & Writer. Currently participating in her third NaNoWriMo and a video editing intern at the Center for Creative Media.

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