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NaNo Wrap Up

As November draws to a close,  I am happy to report that this year’s NaNoWriMo is ending soon.  I usually like to do a little dance of joy at this point, because hey, what do you know, I just wrote a novel of at least 50,000 words. In less than a month. I copied over my text into the validator at the web site and got the good news that for the fourth year running, I’ve ‘won’ this insane writing frenzy called NaNo.

While I was busy lacing on my dancing shoes, I realized that I’d wiped out the only typed copy I have of this year’s NaNo.  52,635 words bled from my brain and fingertips onto the computer were gone because of a saving error and my own stupidity (back-up your work, dumbass!).  Aghhhh!

All is not lost however since I am a die hard ink on paper kind of writer.  I don’t think I’ve ever written a first draft of anything on electronic media.  Sure, I’ve filled composition books, leather bound journals, cocktail napkins and the backs of paper placemats with preliminary drafts of everything from haiku to thesis papers.  This means that I have one very precious but rather ugly composition book that contains the original 30,000+ word first draft of this year’s NaNo.

What have I lost then?  My will to live.  Not really, the only loss, aside from lots of time at the keyboard,  is my will to work any further on this particular story for the foreseeable future.  Loki, Thor and the rest of Asgard will have to wait a bit for a revised version of this particular tale.  As for me, I’m going to pour a glass of Sangria, watch a favorite holiday movie (the TV version of Prachett’s Hogfather if you must know), and in a few days when my brain stops boiling, start thinking about what I’m going to write for next year’s NaNo.

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Forward Thinking – NaNoWriMo 2010

Ah, yes, summer has just rolled into town with its bright blue skies, ice cream, fireworks, and apple pie. Even as I tend to my garden and make plans to go to the lake this weekend, my thoughts drift to November, chilly temperatures, and most of all, National Novel Writing Month.

I’ve promised myself that I will not write this year’s novel off the cuff as has happened before. No, no, this time the plan is to go in with a well developed plot, a completed and detailed outline, and a plan for hitting 50,000 words with as little pain as possible. Wow, does that sound really good… so organized, so utterly ‘with it’, so ready to pounce on the project like a tiger armed with opposable thumbs, a pen, and an imagination.

And yes, friends, I have already moved from formulating plans to the actual creative process. This year’s NaNo is going to center around the mischief that ensues when the child of a god gets sucked into divine drama, in spite of determined attempts to live as a normal human. I’m fairly certain that the pantheon will be Norse and that Loki, as is his way, will be involved somewhere in the melee. Who knows? I may throw in a few Valkyries, Yggdrasil, nine worlds, and an impending Ragnarök just to add some thrill to it.

I plan to use my free time this summer to work on the outline and character sketches. Late September and October will be dedicated to a more detailed outline, so that come November, it’s a matter of fleshing out the story into full-blown prose. In the meantime, I’m off to brush up on some ‘light’ reading of the Eddas and Norse mythology for a little background research.

More to come as the story develops…

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