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Saturday, November 10, 2012

NaNo Update, Day 9


Ah, ze Blog. How I have been neglecting you! Yes, for the madness of November is upon me, and my NaNoWriMo brain has been unleashed upon the world!

Or something.

So, far I've been having a complete blast writing for NaNo. In fact, this is the only year that I've been ahead in my word count (cross your fingers) rather than vainly struggling to catch up once I was 5K in the hole of Infinite Word Count Darkness. It has actually been a long time since I've jumped this wholeheartedly into a new project, and I'd forgotten how freeing it is just to hash out a first draft. For fun. With no expectations. Not worrying about critique groups. Not worrying about sending out your work. Not worrying if people will like, really like your shiny story idea.

Just pure, wholesome, ridiculous creation.

For this NaNo I'd decided to try out a few things I'd never done before.

1.)  I wrote a serious, pages long synopsis. Normally, I just pants-off-dance-off the heck out of winging it as far as outlines go. I think this mini synopsis really helped me out.

2.) I started writing at the stroke of midnight on All Hallows Eve. By 01:30, I had 2,000 words.

3.) I've never written anything Steampunk before, but I'm finding because Victorian etiquette is so ridiculous, that everything takes twice as long and way more words to say. When in doubt, my characters get all stuffy, call each other sir and mister a lot, and do something from the Ministry of Silly Walks (okay, not really that last bit). There are so many social expectations of a lower-upper class Victorian to destroy and/or adhere to that it's awesome.

4.) So far nothing has exploded, no one has gotten chased, only one person is dead, only one person got somewhat stabbed, and a great deal of the plot so far is taken up by a psychoanalytical-before-there-were-psychoanalysts crazy why-done-it mixed with a messed-up sibling rivalry. I will shortly correct that oversight to include a long scene of battling American airpirates, and having stuff explode.

5.) It's written in two different times, the main character's childhood and his present time (about 30 years later). It makes things interesting, all that hopping around. 

So, yeah. Good times. Fun times.

How are you doing? Better? Worse? Doing NaNo at all?

NaNo Word Count: 19,426

1 Comments:

At November 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Leah said...

Almost 20,000 words in ten days sounds like a nightmare to me. I'd much rather do calculations. Glad you are enjoying it!

 

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