Nov 19, 2013

Brain Dump: Novel Writing

I realize now, more than ever, why I've always put writing a novel on the back burner aka the dream pile and never did more than collect some ideas, character names, what have you, in a notebook—it's A LOT of stinking WORK! It's so easy to read books, but craft your own out of nothing? That's a whole 'nother ball game folks.

Last year, I said I was going to join the NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) trend and pump out 50,000 words during the 30 days of November. I signed up, added my profile picture and that's where it stopped. This year, I had already been working on an idea: I had a setting, a general plot idea and full names for characters. Now that's dedication, I thought. November rolled around this year and I signed up again.

I'm gonna shoot it straight y'all, I'm behind, as in, I need to write 3,663 words a day to be at 50,000 words by November 30th. Easy right? No. I've been averaging about 1,200 words a day. I suck at math, but I know that ain't close to even half of what I need to be writing. That idea everyone has about novel writing, you know the one, the writer holes themself up somewhere (usually a charming Parisian café) and they just type and type and type. No distractions, no other work to think about, at some point the writer stops caring about food and drinks as well, that little world doesn't exactly exist. It's tough to find the motivation to sit down somewhere and flesh out a story that you, sometimes don't even know the end of yourself.

I take that back, I do know how the story will end as it stands right now, but that's the funny thing about characters you create, if you create them well enough, they end up hijacking your book and provide a completely different story than you set out intending to write.

I'm realizing this post is more of a brain dump for me than being worthwhile in the least for you to read, so I'll throw in some pretty pictures (book inspirations) and we'll call it a day.

Insider info: my main character moves from Boston to a small mountain town in North Carolina. Oh, and of course the main character has a cat named Hemingway.
Beacon Hill-Boston
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