Oct 13, 2009

GothNo No No

Maybe I was attempting the impossible or the very-difficult-to-achieve: visit family and friends that I haven't seen in three years AND write a 20K novella at the same time. I got the required wordcount out on Day 1 and haven't written a thing since.

I am now sitting in a hotel room and have the time and space to write over the next couple of days (and might do so) but in terms of successful GothNo-ing, it just ain't gonna happen.

November is when I plan to complete my GothNo novel. I'm not NaNo-ing this year so I'll have the time to work on the 20K novella and edit When Worlds Collide at the same time. Having two different projects at two different stages on the go at the same time will keep me focussed and content.

In the meantime, I'm going to spend time with those I love.

Sep 23, 2009

A useful prompt

I was on the Forward Motion website and checked in with the Story Generator and got this:

It's that nagging sensation that someone, or something, is watching you. The feeling that unseen eyes are staring at you from the shadows, or lurking just out of eye-shot.

Today, show your character as they realize they too are being watched. Who might be watching them, that is up to you.


This is going to be perfect for a scene in this year GothNo novel. My heroine is going to realise the house is haunted... Now all I have to do is find a way to milk the scene for all its comic potential.

Sep 19, 2009

My ghost's Character Worksheet

Tonight I'm going to get started on my ghost's character worksheet. I've already written down a few ideas for scenes for the first seven days of GothNo, so I know what the ghost character is going to get up to, but it would be nice to discover her back story and motivation and why she wants to give a helping hand to the romance between two young people.

The worksheet I'm using is from Holly Lisle's How to Think Sideways course and it's a great way to get down to the nitty gritty details that affect the character.

I'll post an update when the worksheet is completed.

Sep 10, 2009

No NaNo-ing for me this year...

I've been thinking about this for a while and I really feel the best thing I can do this year is give NaNo a miss and concentrate, instead, on editing last year's NaNo novel and last year's GothNo novel. I have to be realistic. I've had little time to develop my NaNo project and I've got two first drafts that need revising, editing and polishing. There's no way I can do it all so I've got to prioritise.

If I have any spare time on my hands while I'm doing the revisons, I can work on some shorter pieces. There's still my short story/novella to complete, for one thing, and if I'm feeling particularly productive I can work some more on the idea that was going to be this year's NaNo project.

So plenty to keep me occupied for the remainder of the year.

(I'm really going to miss collecting the NaNo badges, though!)

Aug 15, 2009

Re-thinking ideas...

I've been doing some more thinking and planning and my original idea for GothNo is now going to be my project for NaNo. A paranormal romance/suspense.

This year, for GothNo, I'm going to write a 20K novella for the Creepy Comedy category, simply because I'll need something to keep me occupied on the long-haul flight back home and the thoughts of writing something amusing appeals to me big time!

Initial thoughts - a ghost with a sense of humour, and two troubled lovers...


(Image courtesy of Petr Kratochvil at publicdomainpictures.net)

Aug 1, 2009

GothNoWriMo 2009

If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this we have death. ~Charles Sanders Peirce

It's coming to that time of year again when I dust off my Belladonna persona and start thinking about the 20K novella for the GothNoWriMo challenge.

An official trailer for New Moon and a quote I found (while searching for a new one for my sig) coupled with an experience I had at work some months ago are mingling together in a tantalising fashion that has my muse sitting up wide-eyed, contemplating the possibilities...

I'll let the pondering continue over the weekend and see what happens.