NaNoWriMo 2008 : Update 1

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This year I am taking more of a sculpting approach to writing. I’m starting with a rough lump of story and then going back and refining it: hacking down from a basic scene outline to down into acceptable prose. Sort of like quilting, only with less needlework!

The first thing I’m doing today is laying down a rough outline of the plot so that I have a general idea of where the story is going. Most likely things will tangent a bit, as per their want, so it’s more of a terrain map than a road map. But it’s a good bit of terrain *pats her story fondly*. (Plus this will give me a chance to start breaking down word counts into ‘movements’, and that’s when I get to be artistic with the index cards. Woo!)

I’m also going to be world building a bit as I go, just so I have some notes to build from. If I have the time, I’ll turn these into an impromptu Wiki in order to help keep things straight. Nothing like forgetting which eye socket the giant spider is in! *grin*

But as things go, I’ve got roughly 1,500 words of outline and a bit of background on both the main character and the unexpected second main character. (Because what does a story with a protagonist with a giant spider living in her eye need? Why a traveling Public Service Announcement! … I have odd Muses.)

Novel webpage here: Woven

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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