xiamenese wrote:after the first couple of days of producing plotless verbiage merely to reach a target, I would give up the target
Ha! Well, yes, there is
that, but on the other hand, a plot tends to emerge once you (that is, I) get back into the swing of things. It's just that in my case that plot often tends to be a bit rubbish, and I never think that it would interest anyone else as much as it interested me while I was writing it. The older I get, the more amazed I am that anyone publishes any fiction at all, because there is already so much out there, and so little is added to the net worth by any individual book (with obvious, but rare, exceptions).
For me, NaNoWriMo 2015 started yesterday evening with a title based on a local landmark, in the absence of anything better and faced with the need to enter some sort of title on the NaNoWriMo website. Then, overnight, I thought about things related to that title, and came up with a rather contrived link incorporating a theme that is of personal relevance (in that it is something that makes me feel uneasy, on the rare occasions when it crosses my mind). When I woke up this morning, I realised that last night's musings were abject tosh, as was the working title, but the theme is actually something that I could write about, and indeed would like
to write about. So before I got up today, I came up with a new title that is more specific to that theme, and dropped the local landmark from my thoughts entirely. An opening scenario presented itself, and a general storyline, and I promised myself that I would simply write up that opening scenario today, since it seemed very likely that it would take at least 1667 words to describe it. It's Sunday, so I'll probably spend quite a lot of today thrashing out a general structure (although I'm going to see the new James Bond film later, so I won't have as much time as I would like). By tonight, I hope to know what tomorrow's chunk is explicitly meant to achieve in terms of story/character development in the wider scheme. And so on, day by day, fleshing out the structure as I go, developing the snowflake alongside adding to the text. That's the plan, at any rate. I have only finished NaNoWriMo twice before (in addition to several false starts), and I am prone to self-doubt that I know will cripple things at some stage, but at least this should get me writing again after a long time in the desert.
I have just finished today's chunk, and it has come in at 1796 words. I'm rather excited about what exactly needs to come next in order to move towards one of the two possible endings that seem to be the natural outcome of the theme. So far, so good.