Happy IWSG Day. There’s one more IWSG blog hop left and then 2019 is done. But we’ll still be together, doing what we do best, in 2020. Being there for each other through our struggles and successes. Thanks for bringing us together goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.
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So what’s going on with me this month?
Well I made a bookcover and found names for my latest characters. A May-December couple, inspired by a metro ad, Andrew and Carmen. I’m still down one character’s name, the husband in my menage story, with Robyn and Jackson aka Jax.
But moving on from that, today’s day 6 of NaNoWriMo! Instead of doing 50k I have my own word count goal of 30k. And my current word count is 5,228.
You should have seen me during the last week of October. While in research mode I finally pinned down the genre of my nano novel. Which completely changed my original approach in how to write it. Here I was thinking it’s a simple action/adventure fantasy. Then I started reading stories with similar plots. Featuring mythical beings and creatures living alongside humans in the open. The world ravaged by war and is in a state of rebuilding. And the main character takes a job. Not by choice for my main character.
The more I read, the more I realized that my NaNo novel is an urban fantasy. As well as an alternate history. Why did I now realize that? Well, it was back to the drawing board. This time delving deeper into the lives of the mythological creatures and races. My character’s place in that community. And the villain, who I finally found eight days before NaNoWriMo. His place in the story, his motive, etc. Needless to say, I had my prepping hat on.
I’ve shared before how I always muddle through my middle. Until I started writing from the middle first. Now it’s not as unclear and daunting I thought it’d be weeks ago.
Here’s to keeping the momentum going! And staying healthy.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? What are you working on? Ever realized your story belonged to a different genre or sub-genre you originally thought? What did you do? Scrap it altogether and completely start over? Or change direction? What are you doing to stay healthy as a writer? What do you snack on while writing?
PS Any urban fantasy recommendations I’d enjoy reading? And help improve my writing, to write a story worthy of readers of this genre? It’d be much appreciated.
PSS Here’s a video I hope would be of help to my fellow NaNo participants.
PSSS You’ll likely see the image below whenever I get weak in staying off social media. So when you do see this image or me online, please give me a proper scolding to get back to my NaNo novel.