Sunday, October 17, 2010

Plotlining and other nano things


I would say outlining, but I'm kind of more "in-lining" than out and of course it has to do with a plot, so it doesn't really make sense to write it out either way.

Oops.

I maybe confusing you into the same state as my scattered brain today. There are fourteen days until NaNoWriMo starts and I've been trying to wrap my brain around it. In between of PC issues, new novel writing software and of course, "Plotlining". Not to mention I finally had a chance to read a few chapters of Tamora Pierce's "Bloodhound" and now I want to read more than I want to write.

Which, actually isn't a problem, except for I ought to be either writing/working/studying in this particular moment. (Well, I'm counting the blogging as writing, technically anyway). The good side is that I'm working on my Character Profiles again.

Some of you may remember my 9-page character profile I whipped up last year and the headache and heartache that went into how much was "too much" or "too little" and this year, I'm tackling it again. I hope to have a working version for both hero and villain, a lite version(short) and a full version (long), which are pretty much usable writing aids when you're in the middle of your novel writing spree. And I'll be redoing the scrapbook and possibly *cross your fingers* a plot book. I don't know about the plot book, but we'll see.

I know several of y'all last year really enjoyed the character profiles, so I'm going to see what I can do this year to update and make them more useful/relevant. More details when I get into it. I am not doing any extra wallpapers or icons like I did last year, mainly because of time constraints and my student workload.  :-(  I really wish I could, but unless I drink about a case of Dr. Pepper and enter a cosmic hyper mode of sorts, I don't know if that's happening this year. We'll see.

Anyway, as far as my own nano plot goes. I've got a second character name! WOOT da woot! I feel so excited about this that I just have to share. For those of you who haven't seen my writing process in action, I generally have a poor, nameless (and homeless) character waltzing about in my head and when it receives a name, it is then assigned to a world/story and can happily continue life. However, until I find that perfect name, said character plays dominoes and mancala in the virtual pizza parlor in my head.

Today, one of them packed his bags and waltzed off into the realm-er-the world of Blood Library. I've decided to make him a secondary character of interest. So, as of now, I have a whopping total of three character names and random scenes in my head with nameless characters.

Yes.

I'm scared to call it progress. I'll just call it useful information. ^_^ (which is probably a hint that I ought to get off the keyboard and into bed).

Ah, before I go, a special thank you to all of you who visited my new blog and took the time to follow, explore or comment. I truly appreciate each and every one of you! I'll do my best to write my best. Thank you!

(and g'night!)

2 comments:

Anthony Rosenthal said...

You're going to have to explain the whole NaNoWriMo or whatever it is to me. They're talking about it in the Holy Worlds forum as well, but I'm kind of brain dead on the issue. I like the new blog by the way. God bless :)

Sara Harricharan said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting. I'll leave a link on the fb page for you to find out more about NaNo. It's an awesome writing experience, worth trying at least once. ^_^