31 Days [Catch-Up]–NaNoWriMo

02: Why NaNoWriMo?

I do NaNoWriMo because if I didn’t, the characters in my head would take over and drive me crazy. Sherrilyn Kenyon wrote a short story, found in the In Other Worlds book, and it basically gave her idea of what happened to characters who weren’t written.

Knightly Dreams is a story I conceived on the way back from New Orleans. It’s how I see the publishing world and what happens to characters when a writer gives up and stops writing them. It’s a quirky little piece that relates to nothing else I’ve written.

To me, that’s how I feel. I have dreams of being published, but I never sit down and write. During NaNo, I have an excuse to do it. I have an obligation to myself. I have a whole group (besides friends and family) to support me in my goals. I love the sense of fulfillment that I get when I finish that 50k!

03: Create Your Like-Lists

  • Romance. I love romance. Even if it’s subtle.
  • A little drama. Too much and I’m like “eff this” and I’ll walk away from the book.
  • A good flow to the story. Too fast, and it’s over too soon. It’s hard to get into a fast-paced book. It’s also hard to get into a slow-paced book. It’s hard to find that happy medium, though

04: Ways of Writing:

I’ve done the full-on planning, complete with a sort-of outline. I’ve done the fly by the seat of your pants, like Chris Baty suggests. I’ve won with both, but the first one? I was forcing myself to write by the end. I hit 25k in less than 2 weeks, which was awesome, but the rest of the time just dragged on. The second one, I couldn’t keep a plot going. It was a jumbled jumpy mess!

This year, I’m doing a sort-of plan. I’m going to iron out my characters. For the most part. I’m going to do some research on better writing styles. But I’m not going to over-stress on it. I’m going to go with the flow, and maybe force the flow.

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