Well, the first week of NaNoWriMo has been enlightening. First off, I learned that it is actually possible to write an entire first draft of a novel very quickly. Some of my fellow Wrimo’s have already completed one novel and are working on the second. Of course, these are Wrimo’s who have participated in NaNoWriMo for five or more years. They are experienced and have been waiting for this for a year.
Next, I learned, again, that when one is creating a novel, it needs to be because the story is good and marketable. It can’t be because of what friends and family think or expect. The novel that I was working on was really trying my nerves. Mostly because I couldn’t answer the main story question to my satisfaction. I continued to ask, “What is the point of this story?” And then I began to ask, “What is the point of the entire series?” The more I realized that I couldn’t answer those questions, even after having written over 10k words, the more I realized I needed to rethink what I was doing.
I finally realized that I was purposing to continue on with the story because two friends of mine liked two of the characters. Not because I was really intrigued with the story, even though I really like Setch. I also realized that the story wasn’t very marketable. After all, if only those two friends bought the novel and no one else, it would sort of defeat the purpose of putting that much work into a novel.
The best story ideas that I’ve had, have come from dreams. So luckily I awoke from a really weird dream on yesterday morning. When I told my husband about it, he immediately said, it would make a great book. When I stopped thinking about the slightly disturbing part, I realized, he was right. So, today I am focusing on getting this story started. I have quite a bit of it in my head and will start working on the outline and the writing at the same time. After all, I do wholeheartedly intend to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge.
The new story is about one man’s desperation to right a severe wrong, and in the processes there will be alternate realities colliding. I’m very excited about this new direction and will let you know next Monday if I’ve broken the 30,000 word mark. As I am a week behind, I have a lot of work to do over the next six days to play catch up.
This change in direction doesn’t mean I’ve given up totally on Captain Ingram and Setch. It does, however, mean that I have to answer those questions before I can put any more time and energy into them. So maybe they’ll make a comeback. You’ll have to stay tuned to find out.
Have a great week and remember, keep dreaming, keep believing and keep writing!