Monthly Archives: November 2010
And… I’m off!

Hey, just checking in late-night to say that I stayed up to the wee hours to get an early jump on NaNoWriMo. My journey into the novel that will become EMBER has begun!

Even with all the preparations I made, I still got off to a bit of a slow start. As inspiration, I decided to watch a really stupid movie, to increase my confidence that I could do better than that. I chose HAMLET 2, the really stupid GLEE send-up from some of the same creators that brought us the silliness that was TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE.

That brought me finally to about half-past midnight; I was safely into November 1 by then, and the beginning of NaNoWriMo.

Yet I still sat there for half an hour, considering how I wanted to start my story. In the comic book/graphic novel format that I’d originally envisioned it, I had a great cinematic opening sequence, but as a prose novel I wanted something that would foreshadow the weirdness going on in the life of fourteen-year-old Ember. So I wanted a different scene in front, and finally I figured out what I hope will read later on like a clever scene.

I also dilly-dallied a bit of time away looking up some Lakota vocabulary words to spice Jeni Taylor’s dialog with throughout the novel. I even ended up using one in my opening scene. So I guess that wasn’t wasted time.

But it’s now past three in the morning and I’m tired. So I’ll hit the sack in a moment and hopefully wake up tomorrow (I don’t work my day job on Mondays) and hopefully I’ll find the time to write another 3K – 5K words before the day is over. If I can do that, I’ll be at 5K to 8K words on the very first day of NaNoWriMo and off to a good start – especially if my week gets busy later on.

But so far, so good. EMBER is finally begun! Stick around to follow my journey into this first draft experience called NaNoWriMo!

The first two-thousand-plus words came fairly easily, but it was only one chapter, so it’s only just begun. I’ll get to my original opening sequence next, but there’s still a long journey ahead and I have perhaps half the novel plotted out before I start flying by the seat of my pants.

Be sure to follow my progress.