That’s how old I’ll be come Sunday.
You all can figure out how many years that is without me coming out and saying it 😛
While it’s not old in the least, I still have a hard time believing I’m that age. I can seriously remember turning 13 like it was just last year…
So, what am I doing for the big day? Most of it will be spent in a car driving home from West Virginia (nearly 6 hour drive…). I’ll also stay up late the night before until midnight comes because that’s also the start of NaNo. I won’t get much in during the drive and will probably be too road tired to want to do anything when I get home, so it’ll have to be the night before. I’m more of a night owl than early riser anyway.
NaNo’s about to start….and I’m getting old(er). Two exciting yet terrifying things on the same day.
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!