NaNoWriMo

I know, my blogsite is pink now. It frightens me as well. Don’t ask. I only have so many templates to choose from and I’m not all that knowledgeable in the CSS department or whatever it is. See? I don’t even know. It’s late for me and I’ve taken a sleep aid that’s now kicking in. Shut it.

That’s not what we’re here to discuss, though, is it? No. We’re discussing NaNoWriMo. You can see Snoopy off to the side there typing away and beneath him is my project status. This is my first year officially participating. Last year, I forgot until about mid-November. Then I started working on Nemesis to see how far I’d get. Next thing I knew, I had a romance novel two and a half months later. Wow. I’m still reworking that one a bit. It should be done soon and then I can query again.

I’m rather enjoying this project, but at the same time, it’s annoying the hell out of me because for the first time ever, a story is not telling me what it’s about until I write the words on the page, or in the word processing thingy on my laptop. All I had to start with was a beginning. There is no end yet. I’m really unsure about the middle. We’ll figure it out as we go along, but this I feel will need a major edit when I’m finished. Oy.

Project Title: October Sun
Genre: YA paranormal

Here’s the other thing; I don’t know what half of that title means yet. I’ve got vampires trying to jump into the story left and right, which I am REFUSING to allow. I am not writing a teen vamp novel. The thing is, vampires just naturally come to me. I can’t help it. Werewolves, too. I have to control the story a little bit, since I don’t know much about it. Normally, I’d just let the story take over and run with it, but I usually KNOW a lot more than I do right now. I’m leaving out a lot of detail while I’m writing this, too, so there’s a lot of dialog. I’m not doing it on purpose. When detail comes to me, it gets written.

That said, as you can see from my progress meter, I’m not doing so bad. 8K into a novel and I have no clue what’s happening. Okay, I lied. I have SOME clue what it’s about, but it’s all generalized right now. I have a great MC so far and I sort of worked her up a bit before I started.

Maybe it’s enough; maybe not. Who knows? We’ll find out at the end of the month.

Today’s lesson: don’t start a blog 30 minutes after you’ve taken a sleep aid. It’s all babble-speak.

How’s your NaNoWriMo project going?

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