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Awaiting Midnight

Midnight tonight signals the start of NaNo (as well as my 24th birthday)! I’m going to try and begin writing some then, even if I only get a few hundred words. I tend to stay up late on any given night anyway (on average going to bed around midnight or so) and normally I’ll stay up until 1 or 1:30 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Anyway, not sure how much coherency there will be to my late night writing, but it’s fun to actually do so for NaNo.

Before then though, I need to crank out as many chapter summaries as possible; I’ve gotten a few past the point I ended at during last NaNo so I won’t be writing blind 😛 However, I’m thinking I won’t come anywhere near close to writing the rest of them, so I probably will  just have to follow where the story takes me. Normally it’s difficult for me to write without some sort of basic outline, but it’s not impossible. Besides, most of my summaries end up changing a great deal as I am actually writing. My characters end up doing things I don’t expect, which I know every writer at some point has experienced.

I’m also realizing that I think my novel will be way too long with the course I was following, so I think I’m going to do a number of major changes (such as Kaiyo never discovering her father’s identity and profession until much later on). It’ll take out bigger chunks and hopefully speed the story along, as I think it’s kind of plodding along now.

I’m wondering if I should make her father’s identity a mystery to the reader as well but I’m still on the fence with that one. Part of my thinking is if the reader  knows his identity for most of the book, they’ll get frustrated seeing Kaiyo never discovering it. But then I’m not sure how much the reader will like being kept in the dark for a longer period of time without becoming annoyed as well. I can’t dwell on that now though or else it will take away precious thought space on the edge of NaNo.

Anyway, good luck to all of the rest of you out there embarking on this month long novel adventure!

Comments on: "Awaiting Midnight" (8)

  1. Good luck! It sounds like you have a great foundation already. I’m actually a little nervous this year… I’m not exactly sure why! My preparation thus far has amounted to me choosing the names of the female and male protagonist… and drafting out a few very rough plot points. Should be interesting — I can’t wait!

  2. Good luck! I’m sure it’ll all go really well. And I totally agree, no matter how incoherant the first words might be they are always fun to get down just after midnight, makes it all seem more real!

  3. that is hard, trying to draw the line of what you want the reader to know, what needs to be kept hidden. my stumbling block is if something is too vague, or not vague enough…

    depending on how long you want it, a first draft is a great place to just dump. but if you know something needs to give now, also better to sort it, rather than know you have to excise it later…

    good luck to you too! only nine hours here now as well… 🙂

  4. Hey, girl. You all finally got me bit by the NaNo bug. I’m on NaNoWriMo as bjkeltz if you have an empty spot in your writing buddy list. 🙂

  5. Here’s wishing that your creative juices continue flowing throughout the month.

  6. Good luck! I finally settled on what I think may be a good idea — one I thought of a couple of years ago but which I was still much too close to. Now, with time and distance … we’ll see.

  7. Sounds like you’ve got a good jump start. I know the basic story I want to tell but I’m going to wing it and see where my characters take me.

  8. 2twentythree3 said:

    Happy Birthday!! xx

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