Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo - No Plot, No Problem . . . yeah, right. =/


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As most of my Twitter and FaceBook followers already know, I started my NaNoWriMo planning on August 1st (just as I do every year.) My problem, as always when I start a new book, is that as soon as I get an idea and start researching it, while I'm researching, other ideas pop up and I end up planning several books at once. This can cause problems with NaNoWriMo, because with a timed contest like this, you have to write at the seat of your pants, non stop break neck speed, which means once the contest starts, you really can't stop your novel and start a second, third, or fourth one dead in the middle! In my early years of NaNoing this has been a problem - heck, it was a problem last year too!

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Anyways, in order to give myself time to change my mind about my plot 10 or 20 times, I start my NaNoNovel plotting in August instead of October with every one else, and it's a good thing I did. This year I ended up with 13 plots between August 1st and September 30st!

In August, my goal was to write about a creepy circus. I love creepy circuses, always have, always will. Throughout the month of August all my Tweets chattered about my circus history research, but as the month wore on, more ideas popped up and my circus idea changed and evolved many times. From Steampunk to Horror to Romance to Fantasy and than back and forth between them all, my NaNoNovel has yet to settle down into a genre, but it's plot, has become more clear.

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Editing and Drafts
Create a Fantasy Realm
Advice For NaNoWriters!
Creating Character Profiles
Are You A Renegade A Writer?
How To Become a Better Writer
The Top 5 Tools For NaNoWriMo
What Genre Is My Vampire Story?
Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Improving your writing with what you read.
Have You Written Your Author's Interview Yet?
How I Reached 50,000 in 30 Days and You Can Too!
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Monday, September 28, 2009

What is your inspiration for this year's NaNovel?


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As I said, my first thought was: "I want to write about a creepy circus". From there on in, I threw around ideas about a vampire circus, a zombie circus, a circus from hell, a ghost circus, a circus that shows up every year, a circus that appears every 100 years, and other assorted various ideas about a circus that was not all it seemed.

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The plot remained Gothic steampunk for the most part. The original idea itself came from "From Out of the Rain" a Tourchwood episode about a ghostly circus that showed up every time it rained. In that episode, Captain Jack and the gang noticed that every time a theater played old reels of circus side shows on a rainy night - people from the reels vanished from the film, while people from the theater were found frozen to death. Somehow the circus people had been literally captured on film and trapped on the film reels and could only escape if the film was played on rainy nights. Than they became soul sucking vampires who drained the life out of the living and returned to the film reel once it stopped raining. It was one of my favorite episodes of Tourchwood, and I wanted to write a book based on that same basic story line.

ICP - Ring Master


Something Wicked This Way Comes, another book/movie based around a ghostly circus, was also attracting my attention. Another circus that appears with changes in the weather - this one riding in on a ghost train, just before lightening storms. These shadowy carnies are attracted to the wicked desires of the hearts of mankind, more or less a circus straight from hell itself sent to give wicked men everything their hearts desire at the cost of their souls. In this story the men no sooner get their wish, than they are swept away and trapped forever as slaves to the circus's evil leader Mr. Dark.

ICP - Jeckel Bros.


Another inspiration was "Dig This Cat, He's Real Gone", an episode of Tales From the Crypt. Again a circus theme, but this time an ordinary, every day, non-supernatural circus, which gets swindled by a freak of science - a man with a cat's brain grafted to his own brain, thus giving him 9 lives to live and 8 times to die. He becomes a modern day Houdini, who instead of escaping actually died before your very eyes. After swindling the circus to near bankruptcy he gets his own just deserts when he remembers too late that he only had 7 lives to die because the cat had to die to give him it's brain.

ICP - Carnage


So throughout August and most of September, while my plot changed quite a bit on a daily basis, it remained firmly in the idea that it was to be based around some sort of creepy circus that could embody the terror these three circuses held for their audiences. And so while it had it's basic theme, it still had neither plot nor characters to write about.

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Editing and Drafts
Create a Fantasy Realm
Advice For NaNoWriters!
Creating Character Profiles
Are You A Renegade A Writer?
How To Become a Better Writer
The Top 5 Tools For NaNoWriMo
What Genre Is My Vampire Story?
Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Improving your writing with what you read.
Have You Written Your Author's Interview Yet?
How I Reached 50,000 in 30 Days and You Can Too!
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Jack's Revenge - My NaNovel 2009


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NaNoWriMo 2009 is upon us. We are now counting down the days to the contest start, and everyone's novel plotting antics are well under way. All across Twitter we see novel plots, character bios, and story outlines being cast left and right. First time NaNoNovelists are figuring out how to juggle the ropes, while long time NaNoer's are pointing out things they did in years past that'll they'll either do again or avoid like the plague. And it's not just Twitter, every where you go, from FaceBook to MySpace to blogs galore, the impending 11th anniversary of NaNoWrimo is on everyone's tongues.

As a long time NaNoVeteran, I too am making the return to the NaNoForums and getting ready for the November start date. My main character this year is Jack Frost. My goal is to build a story around him. So, I have updated this blog - a new icy blue layout to match my icy Jack Frost. You'll be seeing lots of various Jack Frost and Jack Frost type pictures floating around my posts this year, as usual, for the fifth year in a row, this blog is going to be my brainstorming spot for my National Novel Writing Month contest entry. YAY!


So, lets see where we are at at this point. It has a working title *Jack's Revenge*, but I don't really like that title, it's just the first thing that popped into my head, so it's just there until I can think of something better. I don't really have an outline yet, and my plot is basically limited to this: Jack Frost builds an army of frozen minions, decides to take over the world, freezing everything and every one in his path, and somehow someone comes along and figures out a way to stop him. I have no idea who my main character is or how they will stop Jack, or if maybe Jack IS the main character. Basically all I've got are lots of ideas of ways Jack can destroy the world and not much else. I'm open to ideas and suggestions  if any one has any offers. My plan is for this to be a Steampunk Horror Ghost story of sorts, but it could switch genres on me once November gets going. So, let's see if my random brainstorming on this blog can flesh out my idea more.

And no, that picture there is not the cover art for my book, obviously. It's a scan of a cereal box, which I find inspires my plot and will help me to write. :)

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What's your take on this? I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post. Leave a comment and share your views!


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Editing and Drafts
Create a Fantasy Realm
Advice For NaNoWriters!
Creating Character Profiles
Are You A Renegade A Writer?
How To Become a Better Writer
The Top 5 Tools For NaNoWriMo
What Genre Is My Vampire Story?
Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
Improving your writing with what you read.
Have You Written Your Author's Interview Yet?
How I Reached 50,000 in 30 Days and You Can Too!
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NaNoWriMo 2009 - What shall I write about?


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Before I start brainstorming, I'm going to write down a list of questions. These questions are things which I will need to find answers to in order to get from day 1 on NaNoWriMo to day 30. Hopefully, by brainstorming on this lens, I will discover the answers.

What should I write about?

Where do I find inspiration?

What's at stake?

What are the obstacles?

Who has the most to lose?

What is everybody's motivation?

What needs to change by the end of each scene/chapter?

What do the various characters need to accomplish?

How do I actually get on with writing?

What am I passionate about?

What can I see myself immersing in, researching and spending my morning, days, weekends and evenings writing about?

What do I know about? What am I an expert in? What knowledge can I share with the world? How does that help my novel?

How many broad headings can I come up with to describe my plot? How can I turn them into 12 to 30 chapter headings.

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What other questions do I need to ask myself about my plot and characters?

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Improving your writing with what you read.
Have You Written Your Author's Interview Yet?
How I Reached 50,000 in 30 Days and You Can Too!

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