Hijacked! Well, all right, not exactly….…. I love journeys that takes me directly from point A to point B. My NaNoWriMo journey was simple. Start Nov 1st (point A) and end Nov 30th (point B) with 50,000 words of a novel draft. THAT is not happening.
My journey got hijacked, sidetracked, and just plain ransacked. And I not only accept full responsibility for it, but am thrilled about it. Most of it happened due to not preparing as extensively in October as I’d planned, and then consequently losing myself in self-education and research.
Here’s a few of the places I veered off course:
- Crafting Unforgettable Characters: A Hands-On Introduction to Bringing Your Characters to Life. This free e-book from K.M. Weiland is full of tips on character crafting and so much more. I have four well developed characters for my NaNoWriMo novel all due to this guide.
- Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success E-book, by K.M. Weiland. I spent $4.99 for the Kindle format. I’d never outlined a novel before and now have one in the works – this got paired with…
- Novel Writing Help.com – I visited this site for days. Found it through a small reference on the NaNoWriMo forum…what a GEM!
- The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. Never again will I struggle to SHOW a character’s feelings. Seventy five emotions are covered and through body language, internal sensations, actions and more. Again, a $4.99 purchase and it was a surprisingly addictive read!
- I left my laptop, novel notes, research and outlines behind on Nov. 12th and traveled to SUNY Geneseo to listen to Erika Dreifus read from her novel, Quiet Americans. I’ve been a follower since the early 90’s and she didn’t disappoint – it was an engaging read and a rare opportunity to share in the process of her writing and her connection to her stories. A day well spent!
- Reading the daily list of blogs I follow, one of my favorites, Lisa Romeo Writes offered I Should Be Writing Boot Camp – winter 2013. After emailing with Lisa, I decided to invest in myself and kick off 2013 with this commitment to my writing life.
- The Buffalo News Short Story Contest 2012 submission is due December 3rd. After numerous false starts, I woke up a couple nights ago in the middle of the night with the plot in my head. This is a RARE occurrence for me, but I LOVE when it happens…..
Amidst the detours, I’ve sketched a rough list of my writing goals for 2013, come up with some draft changes for my website and blog, researched a few markets to enter and done a good deal of background research for my NaNoWriMo novel, which I officially now refer to as a “work in progress”.
Hijacked? Sidetracked? Ransacked? Absolutely ~ but what a ride!!!!!!!
And the journey continues…