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!)