I’ve been busily preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo here at FaerieFits — I’m kind of treating the prep work as a warmup exercise or something so that I can full-bore when April gets here.
Picking my pet Project
I took quite a bit of time deciding which project I was going to work on. In November, I worked on the first draft of The Demon’s Assassin, and I haven’t really worked on that book in particular since. But I HAVE been working on a prequel novel, The Making of a Demon. (Titles in work). And I also want to work on the sequel to The Demon’s Assassin.
You can read the blurbs of the books here, if you’re interested in learning more!
So I had 3 real choices.
Ultimately, I’ve decided I’m going to rewrite The Demon’s Assassin. The work I’ve been doing on the prequel and even planning for the sequel has resulted in some fairly major changes / details to incorporate into this project. So with a rewrite in order anyway, I’ve decided to focus on this book once again.
And I’m making a promise to myself that I’m not going to rewrite this book to-death (as I’ve done in the past with other projects).
Setting Goals for April
I’d like to write somewhere between 50,000 and 75,000 words in April. So I’ve set my goal at 75,000, and we’ll see how it goes.
But more importantly:
- Write daily
- Be true to my character’s voices
- Let them drive the show and don’t force it
- Not get hung up on the crazy difficult transitions
- Have something (mostly) complete and ready to be edited later — I don’t know if 75k will be enough to feel complete, but we’ll see!
- And hopefully don’t hate what I come up with?
Outlining Like Crazy
I used to be a pure pantser, but I would ALWAYS (always always always) get stuck at roughly the same word count. And then I discovered outlines. And they really help me out a lot.
That said … I still get stuck at around 15k-20k words. But at least NOW when I get stuck I can confidently skip forward and know where I’m going.
But this time … This time I’m determined not to get stuck — at least, if I do get stuck it won’t be because I don’t know what’s supposed to happen. I’ve got three levels of outlines.
- The Series Outline: wherein I’ve highlighted major events and the general direction of the macro-arc, etc — I’ve got a few books planned (This was done in December)
- The Book Outline: wherein I’ve gone one step lower to plot the major milestones of the book with a few directional details — this mostly helps with flow and order of events and whatnot (this was done in early March)
- The Detailed Outline: wherein I’ve mapped out almost every specific scene and what has to happen in each of them — this also usually includes actual written passages when I feel inspired (this I’m just finishing up)
Creating Character Profiles
I make this sound WAY more formal than it is. Mostly, I’m just trying to get a feel for my supporting cast. Who are the critical ansillary characters and what are their backgrounds? For some of them, I’ve been featuring them in 15 Minute Ficlets (like Gitte). For others, I’ve just been thinking about them/getting to know them in my head.
And, most importantly, I’m going through my outlines to make sure I’m not going to forget about my supporting cast. I’m adding in little notes about what they’re doing and reminders to myself to include them in appropriate places.
If you’re interested in more detail on what I’m looking at for this piece, take a look at my post about the Five Steps to Make a Kick-Ass Supporting Cast.
Scheduling Blog Posts in Advance
Perhaps most importantly, I’m setting up FaerieFits to be largely self-functioning while I’m focused on Camp NaNoWriMo. I will still be around and responding to comments and whatnot, but I don’t want to be distracted from writing my book because I feel the need to write entire posts here. So I’ve got a ridiculous amount of discussion posts scheduled through April and part of May, and I’m queuing up some old book reviews to keep you all entertained while I’m “gone!”
In effect, all this post drafting means I’ve basically already started NaNo! (What a crazy notion!)
Compiling an aesthetic pinterest board
Thanks to Cait’s post on Paper Fury about creating an aesthetic pinterest storyboard, I have been obsessively adding pins to inspire my writing and, hopefully, keep me working toward a consistent tone / mood with my writing.
Check out my pinterest board here!