This is a t-shirt I’ve had for a long time, and it does make me giggle. It’s a Natalie Dee design, and when I got home from work tonight I put it on because it was on the top of the pile. Yes, I giggled, but I also thought about the fact that I haven’t started my “NaNoWriMo” writing this month, and we’re 10 days into November.
I have a story bubbling in my head and I think it could be a good one. I have plotted a few bits and pieces inside my brain but not committed any of it to paper or screen, and I thought sitting down and forcing lots of words out of myself might help. So far, no good – part of my excuse is that it has been a busy week and a half, and another part of my excuse is that I feel like I need to shape it a little more. I have a main character kind of here, and I have a blurry world, and I have a bit of a plot. But nothing that feels meaty enough to actually start.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a way to push through concerns and anxiety and just get a first draft. I tried it a couple of years ago and didn’t have enough of a plot in mind, so I started strong and after less than 10,000 words just sort of fizzled out. I lost interest, because I didn’t really know where things were going or have enough good tension, action, escalation. This time I think I might have those things but I need to shape out my character and world a little more before I feel that it is ready.
So tonight I’m going to sit down and not start my draft as such, but start shaping. I am going to describe my main characters – in writing – instead of just trying to picture them in my head. There’s a villain, and he’s pretty awful, and I already hate him. There’s a hero, but he’s sweet and small and doesn’t feel very heroic, and there is his very best friend. There is a mysterious old lady, and a loving, frightened mother. These are people I want to be three dimensional, not caricatures, so I’m going to start here.
Wish me luck!