Sunday, 20 October 2013

Getting ready for NaNoWriMo 2013

11 Days to go people.  11 teensy tiny days until ghouls stalk the earth and around the world, 30,000 aspiring authors sharpen their pencils and boot up their netbooks. 

Yep.  It's nearly NaNoWriMo.  Are you NaNoing this year? 

For me, this is the big chance to get back on track. 2013 has been remarkable for its lack of creativity. Barely any painting. Barely any writing. Barely any photography. A smidgen of super cool crafting.  The upshot is that there is a little fracture in my soul. A thin fissure of ossifying matter where my creativity used to be.

That feeling when you haven't had the chance to write for about 12 months... 
Photo credit: Celso Flores/Creative Commons

But NaNoWriMo stands there like a flag waving on the moon reminding me that right here, right now, I can still be a writer.  Cool beans.

September I steeped myself in reading (the ultimate luxury).  Which means that...
October is all about plotting. Not my strongest suit but I'm lucky. Because where I'm weak, others are MIGHTY.  *drum roll* as Ruth Long walks on stage.

With wonderful generosity of spirit Ruth has been sharing all the learning she has accumulated from Larry Brooks, Laurie Hutzler and others in three fantabulous posts. For all aspiring NaNoers, Ruth outlines how to:

Nail that?  You've nailed your novel.  Thank you Ruth.

But before you get there, you need to know who you're writing about. Or what you're writing about.  And with 11 days to go, I'm not decided.

I was flirting with a brand new story.  Young adult - a big departure for me.  Some good ideas kicking about there.

Then I reread my very first novel and - whilst recognising its many weaknesses - fell in love with it all over again. There's a sequel in Serendipity but I just don't think I've got time to think that through.

Lastly, there's Merely Players. The novel I wrote. Then redrafted like, 11 times.  I still love the ideas in Merely Players and, over time (and thanks to Ruth's character advice) the characters have matured in my head like a fine wine. I feel like I'm ready to make this into the novel it should have been. Not a redraft, but a complete rewrite from scratch. 

I'm in good company. Black Moth sowed the seeds for These Old Shades - and what's good enough for Georgette Heyer is certainly good enough for me.  So it's Merely Players which is focusing my plotting antics.  Can I write a much tighter novel?

I hope so!

Thanks Ruth!


Lisa Shambrook said...

Good luck choosing Meg, I'm almost ready to throw myself in!

Diane J. Reed said...

You go, Meg! I know the feeling of life getting in the way—we had to get our 180 year-old-house ready for sale and we moved over 1,000 miles to Colorado at the end of summer, so I'm only now getting my legs beneath me (pant-pant). But I hope to join you this November (starting now, actually) & be über productive! Can't wait to see what you create! <3

Meg McNulty said...

Wowzers Diane that puts my move into perspective! Colorado sounds exotic to me :-)