Work In Progress Goals:
- 2 hours on WIP (well on track for my goal of 5 hours/week)
- Facebook message check-in/chat with my ROW80 Sista – Nancy J. Nicholson.
- I reported on my ROW80 goals one on time.
This week was fantastic for me.
Well, y’all might not think so since my word count is dismal (non-existence – lord). I haven’t started writing yet although for me, that’s ok since my main ROW80 goal is to complete ½ of a plot outline. Seems a smidge tame compared to most but alas, I am realistic if nothing else.
So it all started when I asked Kerry what a writing sprint was and voila, within a few hours I was in the middle of doing my first sprint. We decided 30 minutes was good since I am a newbie. Lauren joined in on the fun and off we went. Since I am not at the “prose” writing part, I decided to apply James Scott Bell’s LOCK method to my paranormal story idea one more time to dig deeper. I just let go and completely “free wrote” about the idea. Just flushing out stuff, possible scenes, character and plot issues, conflict ideas, possibilities etc. After 1060 words, again I came to the same conclusion, although I think it’s a FAB story idea, it’s….well…not what I want to write!
For one, it’s too complicated (especially for my first novel) and it’s not the genre I feel most drawn to write (even though I love to read paranormal, I don’t think I want to write it…at least not yet). I want to tap into my natural voice (more in line with my blog voice which is easy and fun…more me!) and write women’s fiction. With a recommendation from Jenny Hansen, I started reading Jill Conner Browne’s Sweet Potato Queens and I LOVE it (thank you Jenny)! It’s more towards the style I want to write. Now to craft an idea around that…hmmmm…more brainstorming/thinking required! I’ll spend some time this weekend working on that.
It’s the oddest feeling in the world. I feel ready to write a novel. I feel like I have the support system and am building a community (y’all, a couple great friends, hubby and Mom) and am gaining the knowledge (reading craft books and blog posts etc) but….for some reason I feel like “the” idea is remaining elusive. Like…I should keep learning and edging my way forward but it’s not quite time yet?!?! I don’t know – does that sound normal? It’s not fear. I am not afraid to commit. It’s like I sense something coming but it’s still just out of my reach. I can’t put my thumb on it. Anyway, I’ll keep working on it and see….
Hope everyone is having a great NaNo thus far!
- Blogged 3 days (4 posts) including this post.
- Read, commented, retweeted/tweeted on over 15 blogs.
How is your ROW80 progress going thus far?