When a Story’s Too Big for the Page

The more I poke at the outline for this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, the more it tangles in on itself. Right now I have three distinct groups of people each of who have their own storyline that eventually entangles with the others. (There are also two subgroups that may or may not evolve into primary groups as well.)

Much of these storylines are happening simultaneously and I’m not sure how to present them in a way that will make sense to readers… (more…)

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NaNo in a Nutshell

Once again the threads of ‘sum-up your novel in one sentence’ are springing to life across the various forums at NaNoWriMo.org. It’s a time-honored tradition of finding out if you have enough of a hook to spark other folks’ interest and to see how good a grasp you have on your novel’s core concepts.

Since I’ve only a vague idea of what’s going on in the novel this year, I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a go.

The results have been… interesting. (more…)

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Plot Hunting with Net and Honey

For No Good Reason Muse

So it’s a given that I’m going to write Yet Another Fantasy Novel™ for NaNoWriMo 2011, but there are a whole host of subgenres (including Science Fantasy) that I can play in.

Based on the idea of ‘write what you read’ I made a list of everything I’m reading and watching right now (see way down at the bottom of the post)– and there’s actually not a lot in common in the throngs.

None of the individual settings or genres are really Muse-catching right now, so I’m tempted to squash them together in an urban fantasy crime procedural with heavy science fiction and fairy tale elements set in some sort of frontier.

With singing.

And possibly voting people off the island.

Did I mention that most of the things I like have nothing in common? (more…)

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Write What You Read

I’ve never been a fan of ‘write what you know’ because I have never, ever written what I know.

My stories have always had unicorns and dragons and talking cats and werewolves– and I’ve been writing what I don’t know for a very long time. Heck, if Black Beauty-esque horse stories count as fantasy (and I suppose they do), I’ve been writing it for forever.

The reason I’ve been writing fantasy is that I’ve been reading fantasy. (more…)

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Planning for NaNoWriMo 2011

September is creeping to a close and with the dawning of October comes the Month Before NaNoWriMo™! (dramatic music)

NaNoWriMo is, of course, National Novel Writing Month which has been held every November since 1999. With 200,500 participants and 37, 500 winners in 2010 (plus the folks from this year’s inaugural Camp sessions), NaNo is gearing up for a pretty impressive season!

Which means it’s time to roll up my sleeves and start outlining… (more…)

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