Oct 28, 2008

3 days to go to NaNo...

... and I have put one scene, and one scene only, into SuperNotecard. Help.

I know I had intended to free write the whole way through NaNo but the nearer the deadline gets, the less comfortable I am with that idea.

Oh crumbs.

Panic is not going to help at this stage. Somehow, some way, I'm going to have to sit down and put a few ideas together.

Where there's a will ...

Oct 26, 2008

Vlogging and a way to journal during NaNo

(Life whisked me away on its merry-go-round, but I made sure to shoot off at the appropriate moment when it came round again so I could blog about this!)

In order to spend as much time as possible at achieving the daily wordcount, some NaNo-ers vlog rather than blog. A vlog is a video blog entry using the webcam on the computer.

An interesting idea and one I might just mull over.

The other interesting time-saving idea I came across here is where the NaNo-er summarises the day and what they achieved as follows:

1. The date and the time.
2. How long I plan to work.
3. What I plan to work on for this day.
4. Time when I stopped writing and the total amount of time spent writing.
5. What I actually ended up doing. How well it went.
6. What I plan to work on tomorrow.
7. When I plan to work tomorrow (am or pm) and for how long.

This would be pretty useful for me today as I try to sit down and write the GothNoWriMo required daily wordcount and also work on the NaNo project.

5 days till GothNoWriMo ends

It's been a mad week and I haven't had a chance to update the wordcount, what with life jumping up and running me round in circles!

Katherine has received another letter and must keep a rendezvous with the letter-writer; James has written a short story about a lady called Elisiane who used to live in Greenwood Manor; and Dr Sterling, when he visits Katherine to see how she is recovering, realises that all is not well in her world. He asks if there is something he can assist her with, but she refuses to confide in him.

It's time to start thinking about the NaNo project as well. Today I'd like to sit down and get to know the characters better, and come up with ideas for the first four or five scenes. The working title I've come up with is When Worlds Collide.

Sentence-lite (as per Holly Lisle's How to Think Sideways course) is: A girl find her way into another world by way of a dusty mirror hidden in the attic of her grandmother's house.

Oct 18, 2008

Day 18 GothNoWriMo

I wrote over 1,000 words this evening. I'm pleased with that as I didn't get anything done yesterday or the day before.

Katherine has a makeshift bed set up for her in the drawing room and, alone, she sees something in the mirror over the fireplace...

Oct 16, 2008

Day 16 GothNoWriMo

I didn't do any writing today. Had my writers' group get-together instead.

I have been thinking about my NaNo project, and I have some definite ideas which excite me. I know how my heroine gets from her world to the hero's world. I know that my hero is a rebel. I know the means by which the heroine travels to the other world.

Now I just need to work out why the hero is a rebel and what/who he's fighting. And how the heroine fits into it. I know that she does fit in. The fact that she can cross worlds is problematic to the rebels; I'm just not sure why.

It'll come. I know my Muse is busy prowling through the shadowy undergrowth for ideas!

Dr Sterling has come to visit Katherine to see how she is after her tumble, and Gertrude, her mother-in-law, has sharp words for her after he's left.

Oct 12, 2008

Day 12 GothNoWriMo

I'm plodding along nicely. I added a bit more to the scene with Katherine and Dr Sterling - the romance elements - and now my mind is turning to look at NaNoWriMo on the horizon and wondering what I'm going to write for it.

I think my original idea of free-writing my way through November might just have to be method I employ, after all.

Katherine is sitting on the back of the cart home, her ankle very sore, but her thoughts full of Dr Sterling.

Oct 9, 2008

Day 9 GothNoWriMo

I went mad today and wrote about 2,300 words!

Katherine has tripped over a stile while walking with her son, and the local doctor, Anthony Sterling, has come to her rescue.

Oct 7, 2008

Day 7 GothNoWriMo

I went off to do some coffee-shop writing and wrote pages with ease. That is a very, very nice feeling!

Katherine is alone in the bedroom at Greenwood Manor. It's night-time, and she is brushing her hair and thinking back over the problem she needs to sort out and the words exchanged with her mother in law, Gertrude. But an icy draught keeps disturbing her...

Oct 4, 2008

Day 5 GothNoWriMo

1670 words written. 8% of total goal. I'm on track. Didn't get any writing done yesterday, but I'll do 1000+ words today to make up for it.

Katherine has just been to see her friend Eleonora, requesting her help in finding a house that she can rent for a while in a part of the country she's never been to before (and where nobody is likely to come looking for her).

Oct 1, 2008

Day 1 GothNoWriMo

Day 1 and I have written 787 words. The goal was 650 for today, and 645 per day for the rest of the month. I'm on track.

And I'm using a microscopic orange-coloured Edwardian Script font on a black background. It's easier on the eyes, but not easily-read so there's less temptation to go back and delete words. The aim is to write as many words as possible, after all.

So, tonight I wrote about my heroine, Katherine, who is sitting in a quiet room, trying to hold onto her calm outward appearance after receiving a letter which has sent her into inner turmoil...