Monday, July 06, 2009

Day One

I am trying something new for my writing. I'm working on Ordinary Girl, a novel I started during NaNoWriMo 2006. I am using some of the things I've learned so far from the Think Sideways course, but I'm also using some ideas I've pulled from other places. I'm using the Think Sideways ideas for coming up with conflicts, etc.

Right now, I'm going through the 60K or so words I've already written to get character and place names and descriptions. That's just listing stuff, though, so I'm not counting it toward my word count. I am also writing character essays, and since some of this will get inserted in the actual novel, I am counting these words. The major bit I'm working on write now is writing a summary outline--basically writing out everything that's going to happen (as much of it as I know) without the details. So "first she did this, then this happened, then this happened, then this happened." And so on. And I am counting these words because this is going to be the bare bones of the novel, and once I reach the end of this bit, I will go back and start adding details and description and dialogue to turn it into an actual story.

Today's word count: 680 (the even number was completely unintentional!)


Phiala said...

Back to the novel. Figured out where I was, then wrote 288 new words. Not a lot, but I had to do the quarterly sales tax report tonight as well.

Kim Switzer said...

I think the important part is getting some words in. Small increments build up faster than we realize.

And...great picture! :)

Phiala said...

Exactly. Writing a bit is much, much better than not writing at all. I did enough to figure out how the scene goes, so it will be easier to carry on.

And thanks. The pic is from my trip to Minnesota a couple weeks ago. There were many highlights, but perhaps the best anecdote is meeting Neil Gaiman's dog Cabal. *grin*

Combining comments: the waitlist is just what you thought. I don't know where I stand in it. I wouldn't be surprised if one or two people get to go, to make up cancellations, but I don't know if that would be me.

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