Almost NaNo!

Midnight tomorrow.  That's when NaNoWriMo 2013 begins.  Of course, given the fact that I have to work the next morning, I'll be in bed sleeping instead of writing those first few lines of fiction.  The start to my NaNoWriMo journey will have to wait until either my lunch hour or, if that doesn't pan out, sometime after work. 

There's a chance that the hubby and my boys might be watching our local football team in their second playoff game, which would leave me with some quiet time at home.  Not that it matters.  Even if they're home with the television blaring, I will write.  I'll try to stay social, try to stay engaged with the family, but if it takes a little alone time to find the right words, then alone time I will find. 

As November 1st approaches I feel pretty confident in my ability to make some solid progress on the story. I've got EverNote documents of various sorts.  Organization, I hope, will help get me through the rough draft. 

Not that I have everything all mapped out.  I don't.  I expect there will be many surprises as I work my way through this next installment of what I think will be a five book series.  However, knowing where the story has already been is an absolute necessity.  Contradicting myself in print would be quite the embarrassment, one I sincerely hope to avoid. 

Getting Reacquainted with Creative Writing

This blog started out as a place for me to discuss my writing (mis)adventures.  It morphed into something else entirely, something that more closely resembles a mommy blog.  It became a place for me to record the mundane and the exceptional moments in our daily lives.  I've highlighted youth and school sports.  I uploaded vacation pictures.  I've droned on about books and school and whatever else I felt the need to discuss.  What soon became absent from the blog, though, was my writing, the very thing that prompted me to start blogging.  

This was mostly because I stopped writing and turned my attention to more immediate concerns, like work, family, and school.  I no longer frequented my writing groups - the online or the face-to-face communities.  I lost touch with the majority of my writing friends.  I opted out of writing challenges and focused my brain power on obtaining my degree.   

However, since graduating this summer, I've had writing on the brain.  I've been thinking a lot about writing the follow up to Fallen Angel.  I know it's going to be a challenge, and I'm more than a little intimidated by the prospect.  There is a part of me that is convinced I'm not up to the task, but I try not to listen to it.  I need to trust in my process.  Of course, if that doesn't work, I'm sure my "beta readers" will stop me from completely embarrassing myself when they get their hands on the revised-but-still-rough draft.  Not the first dreadful draft, mind you.  That mess will be for my eyes only!  

Well, mostly for my eyes only.  I may post the occasional snippet here on the blog, but those snippets may not end up in end product.  I may edit or even scrap them during the revision stage. 

The revision stage...that seems so far away right now, especially when I'm going to be starting fresh on the story come November 1st.  The 50K I need to write that month will probably get me to the halfway point. And hopefully that 50K is usable.  

As November approaches I will be doing all I can to prepare myself.  The first step is to know my characters and their back stories.  I'm also working out what each character wants and what stands in their way of getting it.  This will create various tensions and contribute to the larger plot-advancing conflict.  All good things.  

Yet, I'm still afraid I'm going to have trouble rekindling my creative writing juices.  I feel so out of practice! 




A Brief Update

I have no excuses for failing to keep up on my blog writing.  I'm lazy.  Really, that's all there is to it.

So, what's happened since I last posted on September 5th?  

I've been reading.  Slowly.  I finished House of Leaves, The Submission, and the first book in The Bio of a Space Tyrant series.  The theory texts have been temporarily set aside in favor of  this..

Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction

My fellow NaNo buddy and I are hoping it will help spark our creativity and get us amped up for November's writing marathon.

Oh, yes, I will not only be participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I will be winning it.  I have no excuses this time around.  There will not be any mandatory reading assignments or term papers to write.  My children will be sports-free.  Barring some unforeseen emergency or family drama, this means the only distractions I will have to contend with will be of my own creation. Therefore, I will write the first 50 thousand words on book #2 in November.

If I start to lose pace, please feel free to remind me that my reading-for-fun should be delayed until the day's writing is done.  Writing before reading in November!  Also, as fall television programming is probably my favorite of all television seasons, I have a DVR, which means I can record my shows and watch them later.

Oh, and if you'd like to join the NaNoWriMo madness, be sure to look me up and add me as a buddy.  My user ID in the community is krista225.  I'm a member of the Flint Red Hot Writers on the forums.