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Month: December, 2011

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Apparently, a question (to which I really wasn’t expecting an answer) has spawned a challenge. And fool that I am, I think I’m going to take up the challenge. I have about ten days to figure out what to write about because I have no concrete ideas. (I’ve been pretty much burned out and sleep deprived for most of this month.) I’m also somewhat apprehensive because I’ve never written an erotic adventure mystery before. Two of those genres are extremely difficult to do well, in my opinion anyway.

So far everything I’ve managed to come up with sounds horribly cliche, twee, and/or idiotic. What sounds brilliant one minute, sounds terrible ten minutes later. I’m currently brainstorming though, so hopefully I’ll eventually hit upon something.

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A Chapter Put Aside

November’s over and so is the novel writing frenzy for the rest of the year. I say “for the rest of the year” because I’ll be spending most of my time working on other stuff rather than trying to finish the manuscript right at this moment (even though it’s already at 92,000 words). It was an interesting experiment in trying to juggle different timelines and story lines at the same time. It wasn’t entirely successful, but then again, not every experiment one takes on always succeeds. For me, especially after so many years of doing this, Nanowrimo is for trying new things, stretching my writing abilities. I’m not after scintillating prose, or word count, or even to deliberately “improve myself and grow as a writer” (whatever that means) even though any of these reasons given by other writers, I think, are equally valid. There aren’t, philosophically, any hard and fast rules on what Nanowrimo should be. Participants get as much out of this as they put in. I just wanted to challenge myself with something different, which I think I managed to do.

Anyways, everything I’ve written during November on Knots & Anchors is located here. As a warning (which applies to every Nano novel I’ve posted), it’s a raw first draft, unedited. This one, to boot, doesn’t have an ending yet. But I’ll get around to it, eventually.