Going ma-a-a-ad.

(Title of the post to be sung as Mark Cohen did in RENT. ;D)

 

So I’ve been working like mad (ma-a-a-ad) on my outline, trying to get it done for November. I’ve hit a wall, and I don’t want to get my (stupid, dumb, horrific) characters out of the pickle I put them in around halfway through the outline.

But I didn’t have an ending, so I wrote it.

My goodness.

I’ve been working backwards from there, and I think I’ve broken through my wall. Apparently, outlining backwards helps me. O.o No idea why, in particular–but it’s great.

The end is sad (at least, to me), but I just hope I can pull it off right. This novel could go very, very well, or it could go really badly. I’m not sure which it is–only November 30th will tell.

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Writing Space.

So I’ve been thinking lately. I’ve been spending a good portion of my 6th hour French class writing, and while it’s not ideal, it’s a great place to write. I usually hate writing when other people are talking, but in that class, I can write. I sit next to the wall, and I often look outside at the courtyard, and watch the EVIL EAGLE attack things, and it inspires me. (:

I’m not big on writing at home, and I’m always looking for new ways to get the writing juices flowing. French class seems to work great.

Not much of a point to this, but I figured I should say something about it. It’s a really great place.

Oh, and as for my French teacher… She doesn’t mind that I write, I swear. I get good grades, and she lets me do whatever I want.

Oh my goodness gracious.

Seven days.

Seven days.

Until what, you ask?

Well, dear reader, seven days until NaNoWriMo begins.

Yup. That’s it.

Now, I’m more ready than some. I have a halfway done outline, and a quarter of it is currently residing in notecards on my wall. I’m not at a total loss.

But… I’m nervous. I don’t have a solid-as-a-rock ending, and I don’t know if I can get 100K out of just Daisia and Roran. I don’t really want to go into Brittania’s POV, though; I’ve done too many chapters from her as it is, to get her character down.

Argh.

It’s too soon. ><

NaNo Planning! (Yes, again…)

So November, as you all know if you’re reading this, is National Novel Writing Month. As a result, the days leading up to and including all of November are going to be me in a mad writing/planning frenzy. (: I will go back to “normal” as soon as possible (yes, I know I’ve said that before).

My plan is to handwrite 100,000 words (100K) during November. And if I don’t have my computer back (see my previous post on that for an explanation) by Nov. 1st… It appears I will be doing it by hand. *eerie music*

Yes, I know. I’m an idiot. Slightly insane. But I promised myself 150K two months ago. I know I can’t do that, not with the amount of homework I have. But what I can do is 100K, I’m absolutely sure of that. (:

I should be doing an average of 3,334 words a day. I can do that in about 12 pages, handwritten. This means I’ve got to do 12 pages each day, in my notebook. I CAN DO THIS. (Maybe kind of sort of OH MY GOD WHAT AM I DOING.)

But even if I don’t get the 100K, I can probably get at least 50, which would be awesome and I’d still win, technically. (:

Also in November… is…

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART ONE.

Oh my god.

Oh my god.

Oh my god.

Ahem. Can you tell I’m excited? (;

 

I suppose that’s all I’ve got to say. Until then, have the wallpaper I’ve made for one of my characters! (:

 

Meme!

Before we begin, I’ve got a gleefully stolen meme about NaNo. (:

AT THE START: DO YOU:
Have an outline? Partly. I’m working on it.
Scene-by-scene? See above. (:
Know how it starts? Yes! I do! Not the first line, but I’ve got the scene.
Know how it ends? This one? Yes. The series? No.
Have your climax in order? Eh. Pretty much. That’ll come with the outline, I figure.
Know your main characters yet? Yes. Roran’s clearer, but I’m really loving Daisia.
Have a particular tone in mind? Yes. (:
Plan to draw on your own experiences? Oh, yeah. I’ve often had to overcome that serial killer mentality. (No. ;D)

IS YOUR WORK GOING TO BE:
Funny? Not really. It’s a fairly serious piece.
Serious? Yes!
Sad? I think it’s going to be… not sad, no. It won’t make people cry, but it might make them feel bad for Daisia. I don’t know.
Semi-Autobiographical? Noooooooooooope.

Based on another story? Actually, not really. I mean, not more than the usual amount.

HOW HAVE MUCH YOU PLANNED? HAVE YOU USED:
A paper journal? Yes, when I plan at school. (:
Pens? Uh huh.
Multicoloured pens? Nope.
A computer? *stares at yWriter and StoryBook* Yup!
Index cards? They don’t work for me. 😛
Bulleted lists? Not yet.
Plot charts? What’s that?
Character charts? I hate them…
Character formulas? I don’t even know what that is. xD
Favourite writing resource? Resource? Iunno.

ODDS AND ENDS:
A line you would like to use: Something along the lines of “This is one fucked-up seduction” (from Next to Normal, tweaked for Uproar.)

A scene you would like to include: The daisies! Several times, I think.
A concept you would like to explore: The line between good and evil.
A cliché you would like to avoid: All evil characters are horrible people with horrible upbringings.
A character you would like to use: The “flaming” character I came up with. I won’t use that exchange, but he will appear.

FORWARD THINKING:
Do you expect to be able to complete it? Yes.
Do you intend to complete it? Yes!
Would you ever try to publish it? Perhaps someday.
What do you expect to get out of this month of frantic writing? My first fantasy novel, as well as the knowledge of what it takes to build a realistic world.

 

There we go.

Now, as you might know, I’m doing National Novel Writing Month in November. I’m going for 100,000 words, possibly all handwritten, on a fantasy novel. This is going to be my first foray into that genre, and while I’m nervous, I’m really excited. If this goes well, I have plans for a series of novels, all culminating in a finale that’s going to be freaking awesome to write. (:

Gah, I’m so excited for NaNo. If I hit the 100K, it’ll be the most I’ve ever written in a month, and if I write all 30 days, that’ll be the first time I’ve ever written for an entire month. (: Hopefully, it’ll work.

At the moment, I’m working on plotting the thing. I’m using StoryBook to do the outline, and yWriter for all of the other stuff. (: It should be good, this November. I might not ever sleep, but that’s what December is for. (;

I guess that’s it. Back to plotting!

 

Oh! Right. Synopsis.

Yes, I know I just posted. I’m posting again, sorry.

So I forgot that I’d ome up with a synopsis for this November’s novel. (: And as it’s October 10 (10/10/10, for the record), I figured I should post it for all you lovely readers. (:

 

Here goes.

It is a world like our own.

A world with people just like you and I, with one difference.

Magic.

When a child is born, a parent must make a decision that will shape that child’s life forever–to give them the gift of magic, to allow them to hone it, or to have the child live a ‘normal’ life? Children of each type are separated, never allowed to talk to one another without a specific reason.

Those without magic are considered as ‘less than’ than those who have the gift. They are mocked by those more ‘powerful’ than them.

But magic comes at a price, and some parents are not willing to pay it–are afraid to pay it.

Over the centuries, there have been wars over this, with the ‘freaks’ fighting the ‘normals’.

This is not a war of that nature.

It is a war between the citizens and the government, between the commoners and the monarchies. Every country will choose to fight, for various reasons. Leaders are cruel, and while magic may be powerful, it is not invincible. They are not invincible.
It is a war of power, of suffering, of long-awaited justice.
It is a war that will rip apart the government, rip apart society until there is nothing left but the bare bones.
It is a war that will test the fate of every citizen, with or without magic, no matter what element they have chosen.
It is a war that every citizen must fight, that every citizen must try to win or be killed in the process.

It is a rebellion.

It’s the first in what will be a series. It’s kind of a blanket synop, as the novel I’m doing in November is more about them going to the rebellion, deciding to do it, than the war itself, but I didn’t want to throw a thousand characters into that.

But there it is, dear reader. (:

Loss of my computer.

So I haven’t actually lost my computer. I still have it, as you can tell by the fact that I’m, you know, blogging.

However, my grades have been slipping, and so my parents think it’s best for me to lose computer privileges except for one hour a night (9-10) and on the weekends (but not all day).

It’s a fair rule, I’ll admit that. I’m not bitter or anything. I understand, it was my own fault that they got bad, etc.

But I have to get them back up by NaNo time.

Which I will. 😀