Nanowrimo: Some tired thoughts after a bad morning

This morning was not a good start. I looked at my laptop sitting on the table waiting for me to sit down and type, and the story felt stupid. Pointless. Shallow. Silly. A waste of time. I was almost in tears. I knew what I had to write so I sat down and managed to…

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Nano Prep: changing of the guard

I have to admit that #2 has become #1. And does that matter? OK, when I do Nano, I have my main story, the one I focus on during the preceding months, the one I tell people I’m writing when they ask, the one I do research for or whatever, and when it comes to…

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Nanowrimo Prep: how to make story without planning

Tonight was our first regional Nano-prep session. The topic was Plotting. Fortunately we just talked about what we were doing and no plotting. So I was thinking earlier, how do you make story without planning it out beforehand? There are some questions I use consciously or unconsciously. Starting with the basic: What’s stopping them from…

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Nanowrimo Prep: the first question

I don’t outline. Anything resembling an outline invariably turns out to be a bad idea (presents as evidence, Evil Fantasy Novel). Last year reminded me that even having plot points can be problematic. I am happily writing along when I remember Something Has To Happen at this point. It makes things harder, slower, ploddinger. (Is…

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Nanowrimo prep: the problem with names

Walked down to Tailrace Park, about twenty minutes walk away, to do some reading. Had a thought about names & secondary fantasy worlds. To make they’re believable and sound like they’re from the same culture, I like to find lists from actual times & places. Ideally, a list from a census or something. So you…

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Nano prep

I have two stories/ideas that I’m developing for Nano this year. One is a secondary world fantasy that has opening scenes (they’re from something I wrote years ago) and then some sort of vague ideas for later things & a general direction for the plot. This is good. It’s about where I want it to…

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Nanowrimo 2019

As November comes along again, I am thinking of doing a Nanowrimo Journal. Where I can put thoughts about preparing, grumble out uncooperative characters and, in November, record progress. So I’ll be posting things here (which is this blog, but that category).

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Nano First Pages

For the benefit of my wonderful Tassie Wrimos . Just to show that first drafts are allowed to be clunky and dull. This is the first page of the first novel I wrote for Nano (in 2002), typos, missing words and all. After that, is the first page  from last year (2017). Leila stopped in…

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Nanowrimo preparation, my version

Nanowrimo preparation, my version Preparing for Nanowrimo is a balance. On one hand, you want everything in place so you can just sit down and write. On the other hand, you don’t want to be bored with your story or characters. If you’re committing to spending weeks doing something, you need to be enthusiastic about…

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