Saturday, November 6, 2010

NaNoWriMo, Pantser, and getting sidetracked by a meteor.

I am doing NaNoWriMo again. I love the contest. It fun to see if you can churn out the story in a short amount of time. I have done so for the last two years. So why do it again?

Because each year is different.

First year, it taught me I could do it.
Second year, taught me I could do it while working on other writing projects.
This year, I hope it teaches me how to stay focus on the five million projects I have going and still get it done.

This years entry is a werewolf vs. werewolf story. When I started to write it, it was simple. Rural vs. Urban  werewolves. There was one vampire, and a Renfield type character, as well.

Well, when you are pantser writer, you expect your writing to take a turn. This one did a 270 and went off road.

I did not plan for it to be a brutal as it has become. This story is border line Saw territory. I have keep most of the graphic details out, leaving the reader dealing with the results, but its creeping me out!

The vampire was almost cut, then brought back in as a larger, character.

The meteor! The original concept, is good, for the first half of the story. I have already written things that are changing the plot. More vampires are being added and a larger plot is taking place. So the original plan of keeping it to a few characters is being thrown out the window.

The story is becoming larger, more characters added. My notes are overflowing!  Maybe I should include my notes on the story for the word count too.

As for horror. Not scary, but makes you uncomfortable.

Another sidetrack; Another story idea. This one creeped up on me at work. It's been nagging my brain. Those of you that know my writing style will be surprised. No monster, no fantasy, no thriller. Its a "chick lit" type story. But being me, not about suburban housewives. Working title: Midlife Crisis Weekend. I have to shelve it for now. December first I will hit it running.

So far so good this first week. I missed one write in, due to a substitute bus driver taking his time on the route from work. By the time I got home, I had 15 minutes to fix and eat supper before turning around and going to the write in. Sunday is the first major write in. I will go. I love them.

My break from NaNoWriMo writing is over. I have to get back to the fight in the hunting cabin. See ya.

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