Welcome to Saturday’s Share – Reflections and impressions inspired by and celebrating images from daily life, to add a bit of sparkle to the weekend. Happy Saturday!
It’s November, and, for me and many other writers around the world, that means (Inter) National Novel Writing Month – the annual attempt to write 50,000 words of a brand-new novel.
This year, I decided to challenge myself even more. I am striving to write an entire draft in this month – sixty scenes, which will work out, I think to somewhere around 120,000-130,000 words.
How can I seriously think I can do this – essentially, complete two entire NaNos, and a good chunk of a third, in 30 days flat? And, even more, to tell a story that won’t need a complete rewrite later?
As T’Pol would say, “I have my reasons.”
- One reason is that I’ve been toying with this particular idea since I completed last year’s NaNo challenge with the companion volume.
- Another is that I’ve used Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Plot, which has a method for planning a novel that I found suited my need for a basic framework, a deep understanding of my characters and their stories – and lots of freedom to allow those characters to do what they want to do, because the best part of any fiction I write is when the characters breathe their own lives onto my screen, using my fingers as their conduit.
- I live a life that is especially well suited to writing. Unschooling depends upon every family member having opportunities to embrace their own passions -yup, even Mom! As the children have grown older, I have more time for writing, so long as I don’t mind writing in shorter bursts in the busier hours of our days, a more cluttered house for a month, and spending time writing in longer stretches as we wind down at the end of the day.
But none of these are as important, in the end, as inspiration – because, without that, I would have nothing to write about, to begin with – and 130,000 words would be ludicrous and laughable, in that case.
Inspiration comes from many places, for me. Songs suggest towns; a Yellowstone hike gave me the Pridekeep. Moments with my living children, and the one who died in infancy, have inspired my stories, and so have amorous and antagonistic interactions with my spouse.
Which fuels my imagination….
Which will, I hope, get me to the end of the novel with a day or two to spare, even!
I’m deep in the challenge, now. I’ve completed 36 of those 60 scenes, and 75,250 words as I take some time from fiction to write this. It’s 8:40 pm on November 16; I will complete another scene or two, and at least a couple thousand words more, before I sleep…and they are good words in a solid story, already, a story I’m excited to be writing.
When I feel that things like wandering a public garden, or chatting with my kids, or making love with my husband take me from writing, this is something worth remembering- that it is those very things that may feed the creation of something wonderful, later.
How about you? What inspires you? Do you give yourself time for that, or feel that it’s a self-indulgence, an excuse that keeps you from “what counts”? Saturdays are for sharing! =D And because they are, I’m sharing excerpts from my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel-in-progress, King of Shreds and Patches, right here!
- NaNoWriMo: How it began, and how I’m done for this year. (minasalcove.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo: The stretch (newenglandmuse.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo Tip #10: Work on Point of View (mediabistro.com)
- NaNoWriMo: Classic Novels Written in a Month (sleepybookdragon.wordpress.com)
- This is how we NaNo (voicedcompositions.wordpress.com)
- NaNoWriMo Tip #9: Make a Soundtrack For Your Book (mediabistro.com)