I'm just popping in to say I'm not really popping in. It's NaNo time and I am NaNoing up a storm. As usual, my best-laid plans went wonky and turned everything upside-down.
I'd planned out the novel I wanted to do for NaNo, had everything set and for once, when November 1st rolled around, I was ready to go. I got started, and by day three, I had over six thousand words done and was on track.
Then, something exciting happened. I was procrastinating on the web, when I misread a word. The word I thought it was, was this clever word play. I saw it and thought, "aw man, I wish I'd thought of that! It would make a great title!" Then I read it again, realized that the word written was not the word I thought I'd read, and when I googled the word I thought it was--no one had used it for a title or for anything else much (except a song by a metal band!).
That word made such a great title, that five minutes after I'd thought of it, I'd written my one line hook, my two paragraph summary, and had a very good idea of where I wanted the whole book to go. In less than an hour, I'd managed to get as much info on this story as I had on the one I'd already planned.
I still love the original story I wanted to do, but this new one is the one I'm fascinated by. So, I zeroed my NaNo word count and then spent the next several days trying to work out all the details I needed for my story--characters, plot details, research, etc.
By the time I was ready to go, it was already day nine of NaNo.
But, I got started anyway. Now I'm almost 10k words in already and boy, I think this might be the best idea I've ever had. I am loving this story, so, so much.
This is why I love NaNo. Something about the pressure of it all brings out something fabulous in my writing every time. It's my third year, and who knows, maybe it will be third year lucky!
Anyway, I will probably continue to be a bit absent for most of November, but I do have exciting news to share in the next week or so and some awesome stories to tell. We've had an interesting few weeks :) So, I'll try and pop in when I can!
Meanwhile, Bloggiverse and fellow NaNoers, see you all soon!