Sunday, 20 October 2013

#Nanowrimo 2013 Plans

I've decided to join the madness that's Nanowrimo - National Novel Writing Month! Instead of the 50K goal that's usual for Nano's I'm going to write a children's book. Since a children's book isn't supposed to be that long my goal will be between 15 and 20K, basically just until the story is finished. I don't want to add word fat just to reach a 50K goal, I want to get out of this month with a complete manuscript.

I decided not to write Dragonslayer during November, but am instead writing one of the ideas I've been toying around with for a few weeks. I'm giving myself one month to make that idea work, and then I'm returning to finish what I started with Dragonslayer.

Since I'm not going for the 50K words, I'm also going to do a first edit of this new manuscript in November (if the writing gods are nice to me at least). You can follow my process on my Nano profile, or check my process in the sidebar. I don't want to reveal the title of my Nano novel yet because it's PURE AWESOMENESS, so it will have the code name Nano GGU for now.

Happy writing!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Writing the Old-Fashioned Way

The biggest chunk (almost all of it actually) of the first draft of Dragonslayer was written in Scrivener. I love the program - it makes it so easy to make your manuscript look professional, and it's very organised. However, since I started university I've barely been writing. Sitting in front of the computer doesn't inspire me, it only distracts me or reminds me of school assignments. I've barely written any fiction for over a year, which is terrible because the stories are still so fresh in my mind.

So I decided to try if writing the old-fashioned way would help. It's slower, but it's more portable and won't force me to spend even more time on a computer than I already do on a daily basis. So, I'm now writing in a note book with fountain pen.

I actually really hate pink. But this Monologue notebook was on sale for only $3, which is a deal I couldn't resist. If writing like this works for me on the long term, I'll make sure to buy a notebook in a slightly more "me" colour like purple.

So far it's been great. I managed to write almost 700 words today, after not having written anything in over a month. I call that progress!

The first draft of Dragonslayer was awesome, but it really needed tightening. Instead of trying to patch together little pieces of story, I'm rewriting huge parts of it. Therefore I'm resetting the counter on the sidebar. Bye bye, 20.000 words! I hope to see you again soon.