One hour and thirty-four minutes to go.
I have to be honest. I really wasn’t going to do Nano this year, not until I found out that October 31 was on a Friday and I could stay up all night getting my write on. It seemed fortuitous.
I did a little planning. Probably not as much as I should have, but much less than I did last year. The year before last, I pantsed my ass off and actually won! I’m trying to learn from my mistakes each year, and last year’s mistake was over-planning and letting my story take off and turn from paranormal into a very normal YA romance. There’s a chapter of it floating around here. https://writingsplashes.wordpress.com/2013/11/
So for some reason I like writing paranormal stuff. Edgy, moody. I don’t know if it comes off that way, but that’s the way I like to pretend it sounds in my head, anyway.
So I have a character: Samantha Oakley.
I have a town: Clearview, MI (fictitious) which lies on the shores of Lake Huron in Michigan’s thumb.
I have a nemesis: Grandpa who was ornery alive and remains ornery as a ghost. Also, some old friends who hate her because she turned on them in high school. An old boyfriend who in intrigued by a new and grown up Sam. A mother who is trying to guilt her into staying in Clearview. A boss who is giving her a last chance in her career, and if she fails, she may as well not come back.
What is the plural for nemesis? Nemeses? Nemesi? Nemesises? I haven’t a clue, but I’m pretty sure that as an amateur novelist and aspiring writer, I should at the very least look it up. On the other hand, the only one not showing red in spell check is Nemeses. Weird.
I want to double my word goal for the first couple days to get a bit ahead.
The wind outside is gusting and rushing like an invisible river through the trees, and I’m already yawning. I wanted to stay up until midnight and write a few pages but now I’m thinking that I might want to get some sleep and start in the morning. I don’t write well when I’m over tired…. Or I’m procrastinating. I can’t really tell. Maybe I’ll try to go to sleep and if I can’t, then I’ll get up again?
I really want to win this thing. I want to finish. I want to be published one day.
It all starts in one hour and thirteen minutes.