Nanowrimo and how it’s working so far

I’m writing on a word document, researching on-line, pasting the bits and pieces into Nanowrimo, and trying not to worry about the process too much. Here and there my instinct is to identify a section as the beginning of a chapter, and I’m assuming things will change.

My characters do seem to have their own thoughts and pasts. My job seems to be to provide enough information for them to tell their own stories. Like the fascination with storms that goes back to their (Zola and Billy) adolescence, and how some people need to run away and others need to stay. 

I have a certain amount of fear of my own ignorance, also of creating a fictional town in a real geographical location. So I’m blending what I know with what I don’t, to try and get a composite.

I haven’t figured out how or if non-participants can get in to view, but when I update the story this weekend, I’ll take another crack at that.


4 Responses to “Nanowrimo and how it’s working so far”

  1. If you want anyone to be able to view your progress on your novel, and you can’t figure out any other way, you could always copy and paste updates into a wordpress page.

  2. Your process sounds sound, if you ask me. I like this idea of blending what you know, what you don’t. Building composites. That, it seems, will be what lends authenticity, credibility to your people and places.

  3. Modernprincess — thank you, that’s a good idea. I think I’m going to put it in Cuentos — — as a separate page in reading order instead of chronological.

    Ybs — I’m slowing myself down by researching all sorts of things, which I may have to throw overboard if I’m going to hit that magic 50,000 words by the end of November.

    Link to work-in-progress to come.

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