Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Draft Update & More

A week or two ago, I was panicking because I was only on about Chapter 17. Then I sat down and did some more thorough plotting because I was having issues with certain plot lines.

My main issue, to be honest, was the romance plot. Which is crazy, really, since I'm writing a paranormal romance. The paranormal was going great, but I was like, what to do here? So, I really had to have a deep discussion with myself, and now I believe that I'm happily back on track.

When I turned the corner into October and realized that November (aka NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month) was coming up, I decided that I would charge full speed ahead and finish this draft before the end of NaNoWriMo. I have never actually participated in NaNoWriMo before, and I'm not sure how "official" this will be since I will have most of a novel when it starts. Still, I'm looking at a higher word count than NaNoWriMo standard, which, I think, is 50K. At that time, I only had maybe 25,000 words. Then I started pushing, and I'm now over 41K! My outline grew from 36 planned chapters to 57. That's not set in stone because sometimes I will decide to combine or split chapters. Also, I have things of interest written down, but when I get into the actual creative process, things happen. It's really kind of fun and a happy place to be because that's when you surprise yourself. Not every thing that gets written on the fly gets to stay, but the same can be said for what's planned. Things will be rethought, and changes will be made. We have to get some stuff written, good or not, so we have something to work with.

I did some calculations, and, all things being equal (which they never are), I'm about 39% of the way finished with the book, which may come in just over 100K words. Like I said, nothing is set in stone. I have so much going on in this story that I won't be surprised to see a kitchen sink in here somewhere. Wait... there is one.

For most NaNoWriMo regulars, this month is known as Preptober, as I have recently learned. They use it to get everything ready to write their book in November. It is my goal to have the first draft of a 100K-word book complete at that time, and I think that's very doable.I already have my outline, so my "prepping" part is complete.

* * * (Whispering) Just between you and me... I'm not sure that I really get the drama of NaNoWriMo. It's a little... I don't know... strange. This is my third novel. I'm not going to burst into tears of joy, and there probably won't be a lot of people waiting at the finish line to present me with a t-shirt. * * *

And that's okay. I don't do this because I think people will think I'm awesome. :) I do it simply because it's what I do. I make stuff up, and I write it down. It's werewolves and fairies, not rocket science. Unless your werewolf turns out to be a rocket scientist. Hmmm. There's a thought.

I'm getting excited about the book, which, at 165 pages so far, feels more like a book right now. There will be answers to some questions from Book One, and some characters will be explored more. Some characters will face challenges and evolve as a result. There are also several new characters.

By the way, I chose this image of the cat and rabbit because I wanted to name my company Black Cat White Rabbit, but after some thought, I decided not to. I couldn't get the .com, if I remember correctly, and the name was long enough without adding Books or Publishing to it. So, Bunny Rose Books, it is.


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