I suppose the question I want to ask is: am I ready? My answer is: I have no goddamm idea. One moment I feel ready. I feel confident in my idea and in my ability to pull this off. The next moment I’m convinced that I’ll fail, and because I succeeded last year, failing will feel so much worse. Like I let myself down.
Last year I choose the kind of story I know I can write, silly romance. I did try for it to be silly Gothic Romance, but I kinda missed the mark on that one. This year, full of pride and confidence because of last year, I wanted to go with a genre that gives room for more complexity: Fantasy. I’ve dabbled but its been years since I actually managed to finish something.
I’ve spent months on research, world building, character creating. Linguistics, geography. I’ve drawn friggin maps!
And what do I the week before the first of November? I decide to write a Western. With vampires.
Yup… A story set in the Ol’ Wild West. With vampires.
I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s been a rough couple of days. But now I feel like the writing is finally getting a bit easier. I’ve found the flow again.
I spent most of yesterday ignoring the story and focusing on other things. But after a session of worldbuilding and creative writing with Cyan, I got my mojo back. 🙂 I’ve written almost a thousand world this morning, and with some luck I might manage a thousand more before the day is through.
Not falling behind is good, but the best part is that I’ve gotten back the feeling for the story again. It’s vivid, vibrant and full of colour. In the words of Victor Frankenstein: IT’S ALIVE!
So, I have realized that I drastically need to change the background plot for the story, and have spent most of the day re-writing what I wrote yesterday… It’s the beginning that I can’t seem to get right. I know I should just leave it be for now. You can’t do a lot of backtracking and editing during a 30-day write. Not if you want to write a 50 000 word novel. Well, at least not if you’re me. I’m a terribly slow writer…
Also, I am a master of procrastination. Which is what I’m doing now. Updating the blog when I should be working on the story. And before I decided that the world absolutely need this post, I sorted my notebooks, designed a couple of colouring sheets, matched up all the miss-match socks in the back of the drawer… Yeah, you get the picture… I basically did everything BUT write. I have been very productive. Well, except for in the writing-department.
Okay, enough procrastinating. Time to buckle down and rack up that word count.
This is the synopsis for Faerie Touched – my Camp NaNoWriMo project for April. If you haven’t signed up for the Camp yet, you should do so now. Don’t miss out on the chance of dedicating an entire month to writing!
SYNOPSIS: 400 years ago, the last of the old sidhes fell, driving the fae to seek out the last place where Crann Bethadh, the Tree of Life’s roots still grew strong: The New World. Here, where the realm of magic and the realm of man overlaps, they founded a new sidhe: Bethmora.
Living among the humans, but invisible to most, they carved out a new existence. But man turned to technology and invented machines and built factories, machines and factories that slowly poisoned the earth, the water and even the air.
To protect themselves, the nine sons and daughters of the Goddess Danu, bound themselves to Bethmora, creating a protective barrier around the realm. And so, the faeries was never seen or heard from again.
Until now. Suddenly the fae move in the world again, searching for the one thing that can save their fading realm: the last descendant of Danu’s lost daughter.
I participated in the National November Writing Month last year. It challenges you to write a 50 000 word novel in 30 days. I know… it is crazy, but a lot of fun.
2017 was the first year I actually signed up for an account over at nanowrimo.org. And waddaya know, I actually managed to write a novel! Yup, that’s right, an entire story with a beginning, a middle and an ending. 50 986 words in 30 days.
Okay, enough bragging. 🙂
It turns out that the good people over at NaNoWriMo arranges virtual camps as well, and for the entire April I will, together with our Cyan, join thousands of others happy campers for some writing adventures. Unlike the November challenge, you set your own goal during the Camp. My goal, and this is a big one, is to write another 50 000 word story. And I am itching to go! If you ask me, April can’t come soon enough!
If you haven’t already, you should head over to https://campnanowrimo.org/ and join us. Take this opportunity to dedicate an entire month to writing and creativity. Like NaNoWriMo says, the world needs your stories.