Writing Journal #14

So, Camp NaNoWriMo is going well. I mean, I’m a couple thousand words behind because I was sick most of last week, but still. The story is coming along well, and I’m able to churn out a thousand words here and there pretty quickly when I put my mind to it. I haven’t worked on a novel since November, so it feels good to get back into it. I’m really enjoying getting into the mind of my protagonist, and building up the world that I did back in October with 3ROM. About ten years have passed since the end of that one, and it, you know, takes place on an entirely different planet – so things are little bit different.

This week, I’m going to try and catch up all the way on 9SOV, and really get to work on the next The Extraordinary Voyage story. The next book is North Against South, which I’ve only just barely started reading. Hey, being sick takes a lot of energy, so I basically did nothing for a few days. But it’s going to be interesting, because the book is about the American Civil War, and so far in TEV, I’ve really avoided nailing down a timeline. I think I’m going to try to keep things as vague as possible still, since this one is going to be told through a snippet of Richard’s diary. Yeah, we’re finally getting a full story from Richard’s POV, and he is… he is an interesting guy. If you read The Will, you can see how different his style is than his sisters, so it’s a whole different feeling to write for him.

Of course, as is my usual, as soon as I commit to working on one project, I get a thousand ideas for other, unrelated things. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve literally already made a plan for the Camp NaNoWrimo session in July. Yes, that is three months away. I’m going to work on an idea that I’ve had for a modern-day retelling of The Phantom of the Opera (the book more than the musical), and I just keep coming across really cool bits and pieces of ideas to work into that, and I’m already getting super excited about it. It’s completely different from anything else I’ve written so far, so it should be a good challenge. And speaking of ideas that are completely different from anything I’ve ever done before – it is true that ideas come from really weird places sometimes. I was at work, doing some research on “software asset management” of all things, which is often abbreviated as SAM. And I come across an article entitled “SAM in an Imperfect World” and my immediate thought was “wouldn’t that be a great title for a novel?” And I basically spent the entire rest of the day dwelling on that, until now I have a whole plan for a young adult graphic novel with that title, drawing inspiration from (again, of all things) the comic Teen Dog, and the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels/movie. So yeah, that’s something I am seriously dying to do, so I’ll have to sort of schedule that in at some point this year.

Yeah, I’m thinking on the “year” level, in terms of planning my writing projects, which is new to me, because I used to never think further ahead than “this month”. I figure I’ll spend May and June editing 3ROM and the novel about Witches I did in November for NaNoWriMo; write the aforementioned novel in July; and try to do another novel in November (because I really like NaNoWriMo, if you couldn’t guess). Maybe I’ll do “Sam, In An Imperfect World” in August/September/October at some point. …We’ll see. Anyway, yes, I figured out a way that I can basically edit a novel in a month sort of using the NaNoWriMo format. What you usually do for that, you take a larger project and figure out exactly how many words you need to do per day to finish in a month. What I think I’m going to try is to take the page count of my first drafts and figure out how many pages I need to edit in a day to have a new draft by the end of the month. I’m going to try it anyway. Again, we’ll see.

So that’s where I’m at with my projects currently. Again, if you want to add me as a buddy on the NaNoWriMo site, feel free – my username is “monpetittrianon”.

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