Wow. It’s been two months since I actually sat down and did any writing. I know. I know. For someone who, someday, wants to make my living writing this is not the way to go about things. I’ve got lots of excuses and reasons but really, it just comes down to a profound lack of responsibility. If I ever want Impervious to be done, I’ve got to sit down, focus, and glue my hands to the keyboard.
And so, that’s just what I’m going to do. Just… not with Impervious. November is mere days away, and I’m feeling like the perfect way to get my ass back in gear is to start something new and fresh. Let an idea that’s been bouncing around in my head for months out to play.
Last year, I tried making the second draft of Impervious my NaNoWriMo project, but it didn’t work out so well. The year before, I took a break to write something new and different, and it just worked great. I think that’s because during that first draft you can really give yourself permission to suck a little bit and just have fun with what you’re writing.
So far, I’ve stuck entirely to fantasy because, well, to be honest, I haven’t had to research much for it, so far. Why do certain things work? Magic, that’s why. Well, screw it. I’m going to write some science fiction for this years NaNoWriMo. I’ve got a fun story in mind that should let me have a lot of fun.
What’s it going to be about? I’m not telling you, random internet stranger. We’ll see how it goes during November. Then maybe I’ll share a few details.
Besides, I’m still working on the details myself. I’m sort of a hybrid pantser / outliner and I’ll be keeping with that this year. Right now I’m mapping out the story in broad strokes, figuring out what goes where, what characters I need, and what their names are. The more I can do to streamline the actual writing the better.
By the by, if anyone wants to join me as a writing buddy on the NaNoWriMo.org, I’m sswanson. Feel free to add me and I’ll add you back.
Any WordKeeperAlpha users should stay tuned here. Tomorrow night I’ll be posting a quick “How To” to set up a Project for National Novel Writing Month and keep track of your words. I know my system is different than NaNoWriMo.org’s, at least in terms of how you track your words, but I did make it to be complementary. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get the new Goals and Projects pages up and running before November, but I’m sure the current functionality will get you through the month.