Your character has places to go and people to see; they need to get somewhere fast! Then, just as they’re ready to make a move, their travel plans are foiled. Whether missing a bus or train, dealing with a dead car battery, or combating an ornery dragon taxi service, how does your protagonist handle the stress of plans gone awry? — Shelby Gibbs
It’s been three years since I last updated my blog, The Written Nerd. I can’t tell you why I stopped writing; as I’m sure all of you can relate, it’s not a conscious decision. It simply happens, until I realize that hey, I really do enjoy writing.
Yes, I know; long time, no posting. On with it, then!
We’re in the second week of the April edition of Camp NaNoWriMo. Huzzah! On the bright side, I’m loving the “create your own wordcount” idea. Especially since I’m doing a non-fiction travel memoir on my time spent overseas, it’s helped me not be so stressed out about reaching the 50K mark. I myself halved it down the middle: 25K. I did it in part because I know me, and I know how I tend to write – sporadically.
On the down side, writing about That Time is…daunting. Most of the time, I feel like I’m just rambling on for no reason. Then thoughts like “What’s the point in revisiting the past in such excruciating detail?” starts sneaking into my mind.
The point, Inner Critic, is to revisit where I was in reality so that it’s easier to sort out the fiction I was creating at the time.
Some of it was created long before my China days, but there was just so much that developed during that time for my fantasy world that it’s hard for me to figure out what was written when, and where I was when certain characters came into being.
In other words, if I ever have any hope of sorting out my fiction in a way that makes sense to other people, I have to sort myself out first! And Camp NaNo is the best way I can think of to facilitate that.
What do you think? Do you think sorting out yourself as an artist and/or writer is important for your fiction? Or is it better to simply accept what you’ve created as-is? Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!
The Sims 3 is a PC game wherein one can create people, houses, and even entire towns to their specific liking. You can give each adult person (or sim) up to five traits. These traits can include anything from athletic to grumpy to workaholic.
About a year ago, they released an expansion called Supernatural. It introduced such fun things as the ability for sims to be fairies, werewolves, and even ghosts! It also released new traits, including “supernatural fan/skeptic”, “brooding”, and “proper”.
Camp NaNo approaches! Just another week, and it will be here!
I have to admit, I’ve been second-guessing my topic a lot lately. While I know the memoir needs to be written, there are quite a few Lovecraftian-like monsters dwelling in there that I don’t want to unearth!
But still, I’m going to at least attempt it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
Next month is Camp NaNoWriMo, April 2013 edition. Huzzah!
Normally I would have blogged about this earlier, but alas, the affliction of woman was upon me. In other words, I was too moody and irritable to write a proper post. (Nowadays, that’s the only time I truly hate being female, but that’s another post for another time.)
But now that Aunt Irma (as the British say) has gone back home for another three weeks, I can tell all you good folks how very, very excited I am for April! Read more