I’m mired in planning. I have entered the bog of I Have No Clue What Happens Next.
My characters are mostly returning from prior book (though a couple of new ones, and a few more developed who will get more words). This should make it easier. It has not.
One of the themes I currently have happening in the book, as it is half planned, is fighting apathy. Apathy is a really difficult foe. How does apathy fight back? By just sitting there. How do you fight apathy? Rage, scream, explode things, destroy vast tracts of land? Do they care? Nope! I may be in over my head here.
I watched the NaNocast from last week, it was good, a nice well paced webinar. I won’t be able to do tomorrow live, but I know they’ve been posting up links later. I’ve been heavily participating in the NaNo forums. I’ve been listening to podcasts. I’ve been doing everything but putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).
This week my goal is to try to really sink into my character’s voice in my head, and then come back to my outline and re-examine everything I’ve got so far, I think there’s a sticky point about 1/3 of the way in that’s making it so I don’t like anything that is 1/2 of the way in.
I’d like to lay out a list of excuses (and oh boy would they be good!) but in the end they are just excuses and I want to do this. I want to write. I want to put thoughts down and share them. Excuses don’t do that. So go forth and words I shall.
(And good luck on a good election Canada! I’m listening in.)
I finished up my last project. It’s now siting comfortable in the To Be Edited Q.
Also good news!
I really like the novel that I was feeling like I ought to write the follow up to. It was good enough that as I was doing a reread to make sure I knew where I was at I got engaged with the characters, I didn’t get frustrated about the edit work (I know it needs 2-4 passes!), and I did the same excited walking around the house with the iPad in hand reading thing I do when I’m really into a book. But it was my book! That was pretty cool. I do love the main character. I love the world. So I’ve made a decision. Jenna’s second book it will be.
I have no idea what the next arc is for this character. I’ve got some longer term ideas. But I destroyed (or the main character resolved…) some of the major potential villains. So I have to start building new characters that may generate conflict.
Terrible Minds talks about Outlines – long
I think I’m going to try to take part in the NaNo webinar they have coming up about building diverse characters and planning. (I’ve felt like these have been hit or miss in the past so I’m trying to not get too excited about them.)
The planning tactic that has worked best for me has been writing short (200-2000 words) fiction pieces about the characters. I’ve got dozens of random pieces of fiction, some within the universe, some totally not…about characters. This has been wildly helpful for me to figure out who a character is, how they’d respond to things, and making them into a fully fleshed human being (or not…as the case may be).
I also use index cards. Which does kind of contrast with the rest of my writing and planning. But I don’t care. It works for me for now. Action cards are one color. Character cards are another color. Artifact (cursed objects, software programs, ships, shoes, anything that factors in that I will get the details wrong on if I’m not paying attention.
Holy Prep Calendar Batman
The last year’s worth of Writing Excuses (well all of them… but 2015 is super tasty)
It’s October so for me that means, time to start planning for NaNoWriMo.
Must finish faster:
I do have a novella I’m nearly done with that I would like to finish before I move onto the next project. It is a part of the series I’m working to put together based on a group of shifters who fight their own fires.
I don’t know which novel or character or plan I’m going to go with. I’ve always had a plan by this time in the year previously and then spent October hashing out the details of the plan. I feel a little like it ought to be one character, and I know I’ll be perfectly happy with her once I pull her out of the Novel Box and clean her up and start polishing her again. But I’m a little over-enamored with one of my characters from a short and I kind of want to write what comes next for her.