I found her! My villain is finally more than just “The Bureaucrat,” as my notes declare. She has a personality, a name, and miraculously she interacts really well with my protagonist. (As might be implied by my excitement, she had none of that a week ago.) Continue reading
Had the hardest time working on the beginning. It’s just so slow!
Also I had no time to write on Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday I stayed afloat, but Thursday and Friday are the fun ones because I don’t have anything going on! Yay for days off!
The good thing about the slow beginning is that it’s going to be so easy to cut stuff in this section when it comes time to edit. There’s so much useless information. Continue reading
It’s November, which means I’m pretty much entirely focused on NaNoWriMo. If you are reading this and don’t care, just tune out until about the second week of December, because this sucker is officially consuming my brain. Seriously. Not literally, but in the sense that I’m already exhausted. Continue reading
My personal goal for this month was 60,000 words, and at the time of this writing I am sitting at 54,124 words. (Fair warning, I wrote this post at 6pm 11/29, so there’s a little lead time from the time I scheduled this to post.) The widget should keep track of my present word count. If you’ll excuse me, I have nearly 6000 words to write and not much time to do it.
(Also, something weird: had a spam comment saying that my spelling was bad. I almost marked it not-spam so I could reply because them’s fightin’ words. I am very proud of my spelling ability. Also, spell-check. I calmed down and realized this whole thing was stupid and deleted it.)
Well, as you can see, my word count is right at the 3/5 mark, which I am very proud of. What I am not so proud of is the fact that I actually wanted to be closer to 4/5 of the way through.
My characters are currently on the run, but haven’t been arrested yet.
But they might wish they were arrested because they’re about to run into the Pirate Queen.
I finally got the introductions out of the way, and I’ve got my plot rolling. Now it’s time to have some fun!
How’s everyone else doing at NaNoWriMo? Still on track or falling behind a bit?
So that’s me. So far, pretty much on track (yellow means that even if I didn’t get 1667 words that day, I’m still on track overall). I’m not where I want to be, but I’m where the NaNoWriMo scale says I should be, so that’s good.
Didn’t get nearly as much done as I wanted over the weekend, and I’m coming into a busy week, but this isn’t supposed to be easy.
My beginning is finished, and I think I finally ironed out the details for both the Macguffin and the Ultimate Macguffin.
Didn’t get to see Dr. Strange yet, so no spoilers! It’s looking like it’ll be my “halfway there” award.
Back to writing! And reminding myself that it is acceptable at this stage to pad my word count with unnecessarily detailed descriptions of all my minor characters. Anybody else writing things that you know are going to get taken out first round of edits?
Good news, I made my word count yesterday.
Bad news, my brainstorming power all went to creating the beginning of this sucker and I have nothing left to come up with an idea for a blog post, and all my saved ideas seem crappy right now.
So here’s proof that I actually did my writing.
And a summary of my book that is already not very accurate and may change over the course of this month:
Mariska is not a pirate, but that doesn’t stop the guards of Morso City from hunting her like one. In the wake of several brutal attacks on the high seas and the theft of an ancient artifact, the slightly magical Mariska is a prime suspect. Of course, she’s a little too busy to submit to questioning, with her older brothers kidnapped by the famed Pirate Queen. She’s the only one crazy enough to try and rescue them, or at least she would be if not for the crew of the Sensha Dukata, who are on a desperate quest of their own. If Mariska’s going to keep her family and crew alive, she’s going to need every scrap of luck and magic she can find, even if it means delving deeper into history buried for a reason.
Finally, here is a gif that seems appropriate to my novel.
Happy writing! I hope all of you doing NaNoWriMo are in love with your stories. I’d love to connect with you.