November 5, 2010

Notes from the (noveling) front: NaNoWriMo (1)

So, the writing's going. I'm excited! Beginnings are difficult to me, because I go back and forth on when the story should start. In the case of this year's NaNo novel, the horribly tentatively titled Like Water, Like Air (PLEASE suggest better titles if you've got them, and I know you do), I wrestled with the beginning for weeks. Prologue? No prologue? Before or after the horrible accident? How cliche is starting with a character awakening, anyway? What if she's waking from a coma? You get the picture.

Anyway, it's day four as I write this and I have managed to get those words down! This may be the first year I actually feel like keeping the stuff I throw down on the page, which I credit entirely to the fact that I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make NaNoWriMo work for me as a writer. (This included an extensive outline process during October, and a commitment to the story, rather than the word count.) And so far, it's going well.

Tomorrow, our heroine will meet the hero. (She thinks he's her hero, anyway -- turns out he's someone else's, but that's a whole different book.) I'm excited! What about all of you? How are your NaNo adventures coming along?


  1. Hi Rebecca, I'm having a blast with NaNoWriMo. I am a first-timer, and the start of NaNo coincided with some time off from work. Letting go of perfection has been incredibly freeing for me. If you want to buddy me I am Bibliophiliac on NaNo as well as on my blog. I don't think your title is all that bad--it's like naming a child, when the time comes you'll just know--maybe?

  2. I rather like your title.

    I think outlining, or plotting, or some kind of forethought, is key. I don't think I did enough this year!

  3. @bibliophiliac

    I think I've buddied you, although you never know with that website. I'm aandune on the NaNo website (an old old name that I apparently cannot change, so I'm stuck with it). I'm glad you're finding NaNo a good experience so far!

  4. @fairyhedgehog

    Thanks. I'm not sure about it... I suppose it's because the title itself seems okay, but I don't think it's the right title for this particular project. Hopefully something will occur to me eventually.

    Outlining is SUPER important, at least it has been for me. The past few years were just so awful I was determined to do better this year, and so far so good.