Change of avatar as promised. This is "Vanity" by Frank Cadogan Cowper. (The orange below was only temporary.)
A #reintroduction: I'm Jo, previously Jus d'Orange née Just Obfuscation.
I like to write but, honestly, your six-year-old could probably do better. I'm afraid the sophistication train left without me.
I'm very left, very late trans. Manqué in most things. I love a lot, talk too much, eat too much, drink too little, worship nothing, believe in the Absurd.
Pay no attention to me.
This morning I’m wondering if my #NaNoWriMo novel isn’t #MagicalRealism genre after all but rather a #Bildungsroman. Maybe one is just the vehicle for the other. Maybe everything is a Bildungsroman to some extent. Or maybe it’s all just autobiographical and it’s really about my own journey as I write my first novel... 🤔
Does this happen to all writers or is it just my personal craziness?
Really glad I reread advice today by @ScottSigler on 'How to write your first novel: a five step plan.' It's at least ten years old but so funny and so true!
If this is your first #nanowrimo (like it is mine) this might just help.
NaNoWriMo update day 13 Show more
+3,113 words today
= 27,850 words total so far.
I've whooshed past the halfway mark and I'm easily on schedule. Yay!
But I do suspect my novel will end up at 60,000 words or more. It feels like it. (I know it's a first draft and I can cut it down later.)
Is it weird to be moved to tears by my own writing?
NaNoWriMo update day 7 Show more
Total now 14,475 words. Went crazy for an hour brainstorming all possible conflicts I could imagine in my story, all motivations and weird technical devices (it’s magical realism genre). Which really gave me a boost and got me out of being stodgy. Then I fell asleep in my bath tub, which is not so good for writing but great for relaxation ... and I still made my quota.
#AmWriting for #NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo update day 6 Show more
Another nearly 2000 words and my total is 12794.
Which is perhaps, and exactly on schedule, the bridge to the second act.
Today I partially rewrote an important section, split an overlong chapter in two, and *takes deep breath* gave a character who'd completed their task in the plot so far a nice shutdown so readers can think they're OK and feel a nice sense of closure about them but all the while secretly leaving hooks to resurrect them later.
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More than 3000 words today.
Total so far is 10665 for my first #nanowrimo
I think my novel's pacing is about right, though I've found I need to solve a crucial detail about a central plot device.
Anyway I'm amazed to ahead by about a day! Which means that when an old schoolfriend calls round next week I won't be stuck with a writing deficit. We went to school together 50 years ago, and I haven't seen them for 30 years, though they're staying for less than 24 hours. 🤷♀️
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I'm really happy with my 1687 words in 4 hours for #NaNoWriMo day 3 today, especially considering I did shopping, cooking and a 2 hour hookup with an old school friend, and didn't start writing till 6:30pm.
Anyway, it brings my total so far to 5931 words. This is my first time and I'm completely amazed by that!
Both my story and characters are developing nicely and in surprising ways (cos I didn't plan shit for this novel until Nov 1 🤪).
And I have a book cover - yay!
Midnight draws near on the final day of Día de los Muertos.
*Jo returns to her non-scary (well less-scary) form*
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Day 2’s addition is 2644 words, making a total of 4244 so far. Sounds good but I suspect it’s only about 400 words an hour. Is that slow? I’ve no idea. It’s probably the best I can do. Thank goodness I have the hours available. (I still managed my coursework. Just did #NaNoWriMo quota first.)
One of my characters is developing unexpectedly. I’d expected them to have an important but temporary role. It seems they want a longer lasting and more substantial part to play. They’re alive!
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First #NaNoWriMo lesson learned: the world doesn’t end on November 30. After that comes #Edicember! I’m not publishing on December 1st, I’m polishing - and editing, uprooting, regrafting [sic] and generally making sense of 50000 words that are no more than a first draft.
I’m squashing my inner performer. No more episodic readings to my partner of the story so far.
Sent my inner editor on a month’s sabbatical far away with no internet.
All this is obvious only to writers who prepared!
I can’t believe I’m doing #NaNoWriMo.
It hasn’t sunk in yet. But after day 1, I’m two chapters and 1600 words in. 🤪
Surely I can’t sustain this AND complete two online courses at the same time. (Two weeks on podcasting; six weeks on Humanism.)
I must be crazy. Yes that’s a more likely explanation.
Igor, prepare the corner in which I will jibber