Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Finished... But Not!?

Okay, today I passed the 50,000 word mark on the NaNoWriMo meter. The little bar turned green, and I did the happy dance! The many hours of slamming words to the keyboard, the late nights, the early morning writing hours stoked by gallons of coffee... It's all over! ...??

But, the novel isn't finished yet. Not by a long shot. The Ranger, whose pet myna is really a Court Jester (Or is that, the ranger doubles as a court jester and the myna (named Jester) is just part of his act...) has just captured the handsome thief...

...who turns out to be the self-sacrificing hero who is going to save the kingdom from a dastardly plot.

The family is protecting the hero (and not just because one of the characters has a crush on him) and they are developing a complicated plan to rescue Dad and Granddad from the clutches of the evil baron.

The evil ex-colleague, Professor Pilfer, is stuck in the alternate dimension with two thugs and is out to steal their only way home.

I certainly can't leave it there. Who will save the thief from the ranger? Who will rescue the Dad in the dungeon? Who will foil the various nefarious schemes? Who will save them all from the inane songs of the myna bird?

Could it be... King Author? ;-)

And so, the Nano will continue. I already know what the dramatic conclusion is to the story, but the dear reader won't, not unless I sally forth and assault the pages (and perhaps the baron's castle!) with many more mere words of wit and wisdom.

Not to mention at least another wonderful song or two from Jester, the pet myna.

So, onward and upward, but HURRAY and HUZZAH! I have passed the Mystic Milestone with my sanity somewhat... intact...

Oops, got an idea, better go write it down! See ya on the other side!

Monday, November 2, 2009

NaNoWriMo Has begun

So, it's the start of NaNoWriMo again.

Time for frantically slamming fingers to keyboard in the attempt to get 50,000 words written within a short month.

I've had to put my fourth (and final) novel in my first series aside so I could prepare for Book 1 of my new series.

Many people suggested that Nanowrimo is supposed to be just 'writing without limits'. No real plot or direction to speak of.

But I decided that I needed to start with a plot, an outline, character sketches, even down to what actions will be taken by who in each chapter.

By the outline, I have about 30 chapters to write, with I expect 100,000 words in the book.

So. I'm going to measure myself against 100,000 and see how it goes. Maybe I'll make it to the end of the book, maybe not.

But one thing's clear - I'll be posting very infrequently here for the next month, because most of my literary words will be typed into a Word document about a Blue Metal Door, and the world through it...

And, for all of you doing NaNoWriMo, Good luck with your new masterpieces!