Preptober 26

The struggle is real. 

I have hit that wall that I hit when I’m pantsing my stories, but at least I am working on an outline. Surpassing that wall — of what my brain and heart and soul and other dramatic language regarding  body parts is blocking — is difficult. I have a … feeling. Nothing concrete. Glimpses of what Wren is feeling in these later chapters. Questions that need to be asked and answered. Things that need to be inserted into the story but I’m not quite certain WHERE. As I write this though, the solution is clearly obvious. Toss up scene cards in Scrivener and don’t worry about where in the book they will ultimately reside in. Just get these ideas out. Onto paper and all of that rot. 

Okay. Okay. I’ve talked myself off the ledge. Ish.

I am a pantser. I do not know why I am so upset that I might not have a full outline to go before the start of NaNoWriMo. What I currently have done is a lot better than NOTHING. There is a path for me to take at the beginning and towards the middle. Maybe just setting out on this path will help me unlock more things to come once I allow myself to sit down and write it all out. 

I can. And I will do this. I haven’t any choice because this is what I want.

Wren, your story will be told. Possibly a bit more meandering and with an absolute lot of garbage in this first draft. There will be so much I forget to put into your story, and so much I will likely have to take out of that first draft. But I want to tell your story. I want to take the time that is needed. I think other people might like your story too. 

And if not… that’s fine. No one else really matters here except for me and you. Me, because I’m the one typing away furiously (or I will be) to tell your story. And you, because it is YOUR story. Even if you aren’t a real person. I want to and will do justice by you. It just might take awhile. And lots of revisions, edits, and rewrites. And that’s okay. I just have to allow myself to GET to those points. 

Wren, let’s tell your damn story.

Okay, I took a break from writing this blog entry to write down ideas for those scenes where I feel as if we need them but I’m not sure, precisely, which chapter or part of the book to fit them in.

I feel better!

How is your NaNo prep going? What bits do you struggle with? How excited are you for NaNoWriMo to start? I am super excited. The adventure will truly begin in less than a week!

Preptober 15th

Howdy y’all.

This week my Preptober has been going… okay, I guess you could say. I didn’t really finish all the goals I had set for last week. I outlined a chapter, and worked on outlining another before I got distracted by other things. Like making a gosh darn playlist for my novel. I have never done that before, and that is a work in progress still. I am not too sure how often I will listen to it when writing since I have a difficult time writing when there is singing going. Instrumental music I can write to, but vocals throw me off. Still, I had fun with it. 

I did not flesh out Lorenz much more, my bad Lo. 

Didn’t work on the mechanics of magic either, which was a goal. BUT I did come up with an area of new tension for two characters and that involves magic, so in a way, I worked on the magic of the novel. 

Slowly figuring out the beef that Dot and Wren have. These two characters grew up together as I mentioned in my previous entry. Their initial beef is still on the tip of my fingers. I am slowly teasing it out. I am getting even bigger hints of what it could be! So, that is good. In fact, I might even write a scene involving the two of them as kids and that will take place waaaaaaaaaaay before the novel, won’t be inserted into the novel because I am not planning on having traditional flashbacks. But, it could help me write a scene I do have planned, so. Yes. 

Excitement. 

This week I simply have a question I am asking myself, but I can’t really share it with y’all because it could be considered a spoiler. But, thinking about this question, has been helping me a lot get further into my character’s heads. And… speaking of characters, I thought it might be fun to introduce a few of them to y’all today!  So, let’s go say hi to them.

Wren Lowe: The protagonist of the story. Spoiler alert: she’s a ginger because I make every single protagonist of mine, gingers. You insert what you know. She’s in her late thirties. She has two kids, Bramwell and Briar. She has healing magic, and a garden that takes up practically her entire backyard. She grows a lot of her own plants and herbs to be used in potions and such for healing. Her current best friend is named Edie.

Briar Acacia Lowe: Wren’s oldest child. She’s fifteen in this novel. She has her Mom’s red hair, but she keeps it short. Briar is messy. She likes to live in a cluttered space, she claims. Clutter, she claims, makes her feel calm. She was recently introduced to riot grrrl music, and is a convert. She’s working on a zine with her best friend (to be named). Briar has dream magic. She’s protective of her younger brother, and of her mom, though she’s much gentler with Bramwell than she is with Wren.

Bramwell Cassius Lowe: He is ten years old. He is neat and thrives on things being put in their proper place. Briar’s cluttered existence makes him stressed. Nothing is out of place in his room. He tries to sneak into Briar’s room on occasion to clean it for her, and that usually results in a fight. He has empathy magic, and he knows how much that worries his Mom and sister. Even without the empathy he would know it. He feels a bit like a burden, and he wants to prove to his Mom and sister, that he will be okay. 

As you can see, there are different types of magic in this world. I am still working on… the rules and such for it. Because I had an idea, but the more I think about it, the less I am certain it will work. So, back to the drawing board with that. Fingers crossed I figure it out enough to write come November, but November is all about that rough draft baby, so even if I need to completely change it… well, I’ll worry about it later. I’ll just make certain to have something down for now.

I hope you enjoyed the very brief introduction to my characters. I finally finished a prompt too! I am simply sitting on it for a little while before I reread and do minor edits, and then I’ll share it with y’all. How is your Preptober going?

Preptober 7th

Howdy.

Today is the seventh day of Preptober. And I am in the midsts of still outlining and worldbuilding. The itch to write is a strong one, and I might dabble in writing down a scene or two from another character’s perspective, or perhaps, just write a scene that takes place before the main story will. I don’t know. I worry if I don’t try to write something down then I will…. I don’t know. Not necessarily lose steam but.. I think I’m just looking for an excuse to write something in this world, and I may as well give into it.

Struggling real hard with the final two prompts I received for September. My goal is to finish them before November. And again, as mentioned before, no prompts during November. I’m excited for the two prompts I have sitting around. I just can’t quite get the feel that I want for either of them. But, y’all probably don’t care about that as this is supposed to be about PREPTOBER, eh? And I should be blathering on a bit more about my novel.

Ooookaaay.

My Preptober Goals for the week are:

  • Outline Two More Chapters
  • Flesh out Lorenz a tad more
  • Work on mechanics of magic
  • Figure out the Wren & Dot Beef

Let’s breakdown how I am doing with each little goal, shall we?

Outline Two More Chapters:  I have outlined one so far (Chapter 6) and now I’m moving onto chapter 7. I am glad I am doing this because I’m struggling with these more middling chapters than I have with the others. Hopefully, getting them outlined and then the rest, will help when I’m writing them. Help me get past that middling area, eh? 

Flesh Out Lorenz a tad more: I haven’t written down too much about him, but he’s been percolating in my head all week. I’m getting a vibe for him, and I should write that down. But he’s been a character who hadn’t been named, is somewhat important, and I’m thrilled he has a name and is starting to turn into someone a bit more… real, yanno?

Work on the mechanics of magic: I love fantasy novels. But I hate when magic systems don’t really have any… like repercussions isn’t the exact word I’m looking for, but… there needs to be something. Something more than just saying words and wand waving. What happens when magic is used? What happens to the magic user or the world around them?  What are the pros and cons of the magic?  Because if there isn’t a downside then people can just use magic all willy-nilly and I just. I need more. So, I am working on that. I have a few ideas. I know the types of magic I want in this world, and now it is is simply time to just work on… the deeper stuff.

Figure out the Wren & Dot Beef: Wren is my protagonist. Dot was her childhood best friend. This is a minor spoiler that… something happened between the two of them when they got to college age. Something that caused them to drift apart. I just need to figure out exactly WHAT. That feel when you know something happened. You might even have a taste of what it is, but you just can’t really figure it out. Or like it is on the tip of the tongue (tip of the fingers? tip of the brain?) I WILL FIGURE IT OUT IF IT IS THE LAST THING I DO!  Ahem.

And so those are my goals for the week. Making some headway with them. And then I am also just working on everything else that needs doing and really thinking about my plan of attack. How and when I plan on writing. Obviously, the morning hours, before the family is up is when I plan on getting the bulk of my writing done. But I also hope to write some in the evenings, so fingers crossed! 

I hope y’all enjoyed a small glimpse into my thought process. And into what I’ve been doing so far to prepare my novel for November. Are you doing NaNo this year?  If so, tell me about it!  How is your Preptober coming along?

preptober!

and so, october is upon us. i haven’t done an honest attempt at preptober before, mostly because i never quite do the whole plotting/outlining/planning thing. but, i am excited to give it a go this year. and see where my plotting/planning/outlining takes me. i have already started it — pre-october (pre-preptober???) and i worry that maybe i started this outlining thing perhaps a bit too early, but i also think it was good for me to start working and getting my ideas in some fashion.

anyway, for the month of october, i plan on sharing some of my planning with y’all. maybe i will even share some excerpts of my plans, and a bit about the characters who are going to be living in the space within my novel. because, otherwise, i feel like it might be boring if all i am doing is saying: “yo, i plotted today! and i did that yesterday, oh and the day before that.” i mean… i find that stuff kind of neat when other writers tell me that, but i’ve begun to suspect that maybe i am weird. borderline boring in personality, but that’s okay with me. 

ahem. focus. no dissing on myself.

so, my goal for october, is to write at least one blog post a week where i talk about how my preptober is going. possibly more. but, i am aiming for at least once post a week with that. i also plan on working on my prompts still too, and then pausing the prompts come november.

the current title for my novel is: motherhood & magic. it will follow the story of wren and her two kids: briar acacia and bramwell cassius. i went extra with their names for fun. and it will explore how wren deals with single parenting in a world with magic, especially when the magic of her kids is different—rare— it is magic that exists in the world, but rarer. and there are issues aplenty with it. i plan on exploring motherhood in a modern fantasy setting. there will be dragons! (don’t get too hyped by the dragons, maybe I’ll explain those later). 

and that’s all i am going to be sharing for now! 

how many of y’all are doing nanowrimo this year? have you won before? do you participate in preptober?  how do you prep for it? what is your preferred plotting and planning method? best of luck with november!