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
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!
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?