Sunday, October 31, 2010

NaNoWriMo minus 1

Sunday, October 31

Today, I find myself anticipating Monday morning. Though I have not done as much preplanning that I had hoped for in this venture, I eagerly want to jump into my NaNoWriMo project.

Like I said on Thursday, I plan on writing more than the minimum. My goal is to get 17,500 a week or 2,500 a day. There will be days that I get more than the minimum. Yet, Mr. Murphy and his laws usually step in somewhere and bite me on my backside.

I have made some headway into some preplanning but not that much. When I start a story, I have the beginning and an ending and an idea how to get from one to another. Now, that does not mean that they are set in stone. I have added material to the beginning of one book because the characters demanded it.

Yet, this attempt will be different in that I do not really have an ending to shoot for. The beginning is still fluid as well. I do have an idea about it but it seemed to change several times over the last few days.

To flesh this out, I will begin to interview my characters. Why not, they are the ones who usually hijack my fingers and take over the story in the first place. This is an unusual feeling to me. I know they take over at times, because when I finally regain control of my body, I find anywhere from 3,000 to 7,000 words in my file and 4 to 6 hours had passed.

It is an exhilarating feeling to have that happen. Still, I have to watch these characters though. I have had a secondary character hijack my muse. On one occasion, I had to promise the character his own story in order to get the story back on track.

So, tomorrow will start a challenge and I will begin working on it as soon as I get up. I hope you will join me in this challenge. My moniker is clark-stone. Contact me.

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