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Thursday Three #57

These are my thoughts on NaNoWriMo 2019 so far:

  1. I’m writing the entire novel on WordPress because I’m writing mostly on my breaks at work, and we’re not allowed to plug in flash drives unless they’re for work. I’m on WordPress anyway, so I figured I might as well start the novel there (also, WordPress has auto-save and word count features). So the novel is on this blog as a private entry, but I will never make it public because…
  2. Like all first drafts, it is appallingly bad. Not only is it bad, it is incredibly boring. I am bored with my characters but not with the plot. I wish I could recycle some of my old characters like I normally do (and I miss them terribly), but the plot wouldn’t work well with any of them. This particular story takes place in another “universe.”
  3. The other reason this story is bad and boring is because I didn’t do enough planning. My rudimentary outline is just a list of stuff that’s supposed to happen, and it’s not even in order. I didn’t flesh anything out, and now that I’m hammering out words mindlessly, I don’t feel like I have time to flesh it out. I’m actually planning the second draft as I’m writing the first. Not sure if that’s a proper way to do it, but it’s new to me. And that keeps the whole thing somewhat interesting.
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Happy All Hallows and NaNo Eve!

I’m not a fan of Halloween. Even when I was a kid, I did not like dressing up and knocking on people’s doors asking for candy, and I did not trick-or-treat anymore after I turned 10. Better to wait until Christmas, when you got candy and treats without having to ask strangers for them. I also have a grudge against Halloween because my brother and I went out trick-or-treating one year, but Halloween had been celebrated the day before because of Protestant church services. No candy for us. You could imagine how that would break a kid’s heart. It’s stupid to hold a grudge, I know, but I still do.

I don’t plan to pass my Halloween grudge on to my son. When he gets old enough to walk and talk, it will be fun to take him around so he can get candy and show people his cute and/or scary costume. I will have to be mindful of the calendar because I think Halloween still gets rescheduled sometimes. (Grr…)

Anyway, tomorrow is All Saint’s Day, NaNoWriMo, and the beginning of November (my favorite month after April). Fall is nice because the weather finally cools down (although I’m sure by March, we’ll all be complaining about how the weather needs to hurry up and get warm again).

Hope everyone has a nice fall and a productive NaNoWrimo, if you are participating!

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Early NaNoWriMo Planning

NaNoWriMo has revamped its website, at preview.nanowrimo.org, and it looks really good. I’m unclear on whether the new version will be live by November 1, but as long as we get to use the nice new version at some point, I’m happy. I finally figured out how to change the silly username I’ve had since college, so I’m now “MaggieMadlyWriting” if you want to be my “buddy.” My avatar is a lizard wearing a hat because the picture amused my simple mind.

Now, about that idea… one particular news story has been haunting me since I heard about it in early September 2017. You probably don’t remember it in the onslaught of other horrid news stories since then, but it began with Coricidin and ended with domestic violence. What I wanted to do was rewrite the story to give it a happy ending.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get 50,000 words out of the idea, but I want to at least write something. This is also the first halfway decent idea I’ve had since, well, forever that wasn’t based on something I’ve already written. I have some ideas already in a notebook and on a flash drive, so perhaps that will carry me through.