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I somehow found myself with no opportunity this past weekend to write. (Except for a half hour window that I spent checking my email for the only time during the weekend) I was very frustrated because I have lots of ideas that I want to get down. Hopefully, I can manage to write extra today if my little man takes a really good nap and I can unlock my inner speed writer. I just realized last night, though, that I still have almost a whole chapter to revise before I can go on to something new and add to my word count. I’m probably being way too optimistic with my goal, so I’ll revise it to 50,000 words total. See future posts for possibly even more lowering of standards. Until then…

 

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I  participated in NoWriMo last year and came nowhere near to finishing, particularly because I changed my mind about a lot of things mid-way. I REALLY had to go back and edit. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have finished anyway, because I’m pretty slow and perfectionist about just about everything I do. I’m just glad it helped me get started on my lifelong dream.

I wanted to do it again this year, but I don’t want to go on to another novel before I finish my first one. So this year I am unofficially participating, trying to finish my work-in-progress. My husband is doing it this year for the first time, so he’s my accountability partner. It’ll be hard to keep up with him though, because he’s a very fast writer compared to me. I can’t let him outdo me. 🙂 I started this first after all. I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot about writing in the past year.

Anyway, I suppose I’ll try to post my progress here since I can’t officially do it through NaNoWriMo. My goal is more to finish than to achieve a certain word count. I suspect it’ll take more than 50,000 words to tell my story, so I’ll set my goal conservatively at 60,000 total, including last year’s writing. Last November I wrote about 10,000 words. Then I went back and rewrote most of it over the past year, developing my plot and characters pretty thoroughly in my head along the way. Unfortunately, my word count has remained pretty much stagnant up until this point. I’ve usually been working in spurts with weeks-long breaks in between, but I’ve written every day this week so far during my little man’s naptime. My total is now up to 15,504. Even if I don’t finish this month, I’m not giving up, but I do hope to report on December 1st that I’ve completed my first draft.

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Well, It’s been over two months since I last posted. My computer got fried by lightning about two months ago. It was an iMac, and our back up computer is an old Gateway laptop. It’s just not the same. I haven’t gotten over it enough to get back to writing. I know that’s a really bad excuse. We’re getting a new iMac today, and I expect to get back into my writing again soon.

I’ve had a few good ideas during my off time, Most came in the usual way, middle of the night epiphanies that I’m too sleepy to write down. I’ve tried to remember most of it and bounce the ideas off my husband to see if any of them are actually good. If nothing else, I’ve gotten to know my characters better in my reflections.

I got one of my more unusual ideas just before my computer got zapped. I had an idea to actually name the chapters of my books. I wasn’t planning on this, because I have so much trouble naming things as it is, but I just got this idea stuck in my head. I was lying awake thinking about the first chapter, which I was adding scenes to at the time. Since I was sleepy, my thoughts kept wandering randomly, and a song kept popping into my head. It kind of became like a soundtrack to my thoughts. It was one of the songs my husband and I wrote. This gave me an idea that I wanted to test, so I fast-forwarded in my head to chapter two, and another one of our songs came to me. Then I realized that I could think of a Tiny Rain song that would fit, either perfectly or loosely, with almost every major part of the story. It also worked for the other book ideas I have for the series. So I decided that I would name each chapter after one of our songs, and if one didn’t fit then we could write a new one just for it. We need some inspiration to make new music anyway. Since I love writing, and I love music, I thought this would be a great way to bring them together. This idea also led me to a few other ideas, like book names, a name for my fantasy world, and also the idea to play up the role of music in the story.

I actually have to give partial credit for this idea to (I don’t remember who) who wrote (I don’t remember what) which used titles of eighties songs for the chapter names. I had started reading this book because of this interesting hook, but it didn’t otherwise grab me, so I stopped.

At some point I might share these ideas more specifically, but I’m not sure how much to reveal at this point. Until next time (hopefully not months from now), listen to some Tiny Rain songs at our Virb site.

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After another sleepless night, I have decided that if I want to tell the complete story of my world I must write five individual stories.  The book I am currently working on will have two prequels and two sequels.  I guess I have plenty of material for the next four years of NaNoWriMo.

Also, my dad gave me some pointers based on some of his favorite fantasy novels, Stephen R. Donaldson’s Thomas Covenant series.  This made me reconsider my approach to character development and simplify the plot a little bit.  So now I am working on a new introduction and minor changes to the parts I’ve already written.

I am really hoping that I will have the resolve to stick it out through this novel, and the other four as well.  If this one turns out well, I plan to try to get it and the others published.  If that happened, it would be a dream come true.

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Last night, I tossed and turned for over two hours trying not to plan the fate of my fantasy world… with little success, as evidenced by the page full of notes that I scribbled today instead of writing.  While attempting to stop thinking of the timeline, I devised a rudimentary basis for the language of my new civilization.  Help!  I expected this to be a standalone book, but I can’t ignore the historical context floating around in my mind.  There are so many possibilities.  Should I expand my ideas into multiple books, keeping the current one a little more cryptic, or should I try to cram as much into this one as possible?  I don’t know if I should be excited or intimidated, or both.  I was initially modeling my concept from influences of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Madeleine L’Engle, Ted Dekker, and Jeffrey Overstreet.  Maybe I should include Tolkien in that list, since it looks like I may be heading toward a Silmarillion of my own.

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Claire, a teenage girl, finds herself sucked through a magical vortex in a mysterious woodland pool.  She travels through a cold, dark, in-between space to a beautiful green world.  Strange creatures abound there, as well as a tribe of people appearing to be human.  Claire befriends a young boy there.  She returns home and revisits this world several times learning more about the link between the two worlds with each visit.  Then something terrible happens, and Claire is given a mission to return home and find the only way to save her friends and their beautiful world.

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