Not my gif, as usual
Right, so NaNoWriMo is coming up! Seems (almost) like yesterday I was in the middle of writing “Displacement” (which, by the way, it still sitting on my laptop waiting to be edited *blushes* Been meaning to get around to it but other projects got in the way). For a while I wasn’t sure whether I would be participating in this year’s event but given circumstances, I figured why not?
The question became however what I would be writing about. Ideas come and go, I’ve managed to jot a few of them down but I was wondering for a while. I thought about writing the second (and final) half of the novel I wrote for last June’s CampNaNoWriMo (I think my working title for that novel was “Regina”). I thought about another fantasy-genre novel I had in mind whose plot had convoluted scenes here and there in my brain. It’s a tricky decision especially as you’re going to be embarking on a journey with that book for the next 30 days.
In the end I chose to go with a story idea set in contemporary New York, hence my working title “Streets of New York”. I had labeled it as literary fiction on NaNoWriMo (this is me, by the way!) because I primarily wanted to focus on the character interactions rather than the thriller/conspiracy/mystery aspect of the story (my main character’s a cop, go figure). I can’t really say much more about that at the moment because I haven’t entirely hammered out the plot yet.
So that’s what the next few weeks will be about: hammering out the plot and outlining the course of events (because I have in my mind fragmented moments I want to include but I don’t know how it relates to the overall plot). I have a few books to research and sites to look up to get me started in filling in some of the background and to keep in mind as I write and develop these characters and situations. I also ordered the following books:
- Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland
- Revision & Self-Editing: Techniques for transforming your first draft into a finished novel by James Scott Bell
I’m looking forward to reading both: the former because I think it will help me write seamless notes about my novel and the latter to help me with the editing process later on (because as of right now I have three novels sitting in my closet and on my laptop all on their first draft. Still). There’s also of course Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem! which I read for both NaNoWriMo and CampNaNoWriMo but I don’t know if I’ll re-read it before the event.
So that’s where I’m at with preparing for NaNoWriMo. Are you participating this year? If so, how far into the planning process are you? If you are participating, feel free to add me! (just message me and let me know as well otherwise I won’t know =P)