How to start…
Just to be clear, this isn’t one of those How To articles. There’s tons of them online, and a lot of them make for good reads, filled with tips and tricks. But it is one thing to read articles and another thing to actually do it.
I have spent hours world building, writing notes on the flora and fauna, the different kingdoms, the people and their customs. I’ve even come up with a couple of rudimentary languages to use. But no matter how many notebooks I fill, I still won’t have a novel unless I manage to write that first magical sentence. And a lot is riding on it. It’s the hook, the very thing that will make the reader want to continue reading.
It is easy to cave under the pressure, isn’t it.
Okay, so let’s say we have the first sentence and it’s a great one. Now we just need to figure out how to introduce our readers to the verse we’ve created, and at the same time not bog down the first chapter with a lot of background info. The first chapter should be fast paced and exciting so it draws the reader in and gives him or her a chance to get to know the main characters. Well, that’s the theory at least.
Yeah… I know, there is no real rules when it comes to writing. Other than the grammar, and even they can be broken.
Maybe a slightly crappy first sentence and a slow, long-worded first chapter is just whats fantasy-readers really wants?
Or I could just go back to the ol’ drawing board and start over… *sigh*
Time to come clean. I haven’t been able to work on my NaNo April Camp project at all.
When I got the e-mail back in late February early March winter was still on full force. Spring seemed an eternity away, and with it any thoughts on the garden. But spring came and I woke up to the realisation that I need to get my ass in gear and start digging flowerbeds and start germinating seeds ASAP or everything will have to wait a whole year.
So, I tore myself from the keyboard, rolled up my sleeves and got digging. And I haven’t stopped since.
Sorry, NaNoWriMo, but the garden waits for no one.
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.
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.