Well it’s day 1 of NaNoWriMo and I’m 1945 into my word count for the first day. And it’s nowhere near midnight on the 1st so I have hours still to go before it’s the second day if I feel the urge to write more. Errands to run, bills to pay. prescriptions to get, groceries to buy (namely coffee) and I’m feeling pretty good (so far).
Switching novels at the last minute, after having spent almost 2 months plotting a novel only to put it on the shelf in the closet for a different day, I’m excited about the new one that came to me in a dream. I’ve got a book about historic Charleston with lots of goodies 😀 to use if I get stuck or for more information that I already know about it having grown up there. And I’m also quite certain that although I haven’t plotted this novel at all, and don’t even have an actual synopsis yet I’m pretty sure that I know where I’m going with it. The idea is there. The main character is speaking to me. She’s a lot like my grandmother was. Only she’s a modern day version.
Here in the South there’s a saying, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.” Well, I tried to make my home in Plotterville, but it just wasn’t the right fit, so back to Plantser Land I went.
So here I go. Drinking my cup of afternoon coffee on a Friday afternoon, imagining how I’m going to get my MC to live in her grandparents townhouse. Do I kill off the grandparents? Have them hit the road in a camper? Put them in an old folk’s home? I waiting for the MC to let me know as I research a few things necessary for her trip to visit her cousin after catching her b/f of 5 years in their bed in her house with her friend…Nasty bit of drama there. Gotta hate when that happens, but she really needed to kick his ass out a long time ago she was just set in her “comfort zone” with him taking the easy way out because she thought she could change him, instead she was the one making all the changes.
One bit of writing advice you always hear about is, “Write what you know.” Well, I know bad relationships. I know heartbreak. I know what it’s like to be cheated on. I also know what it’s like when you finally find someone that calls out to your soul and accepts you, loves you, likes you, and makes you feel like a better person and strive to be better at the same time. I also know what it’s like to lose a parent when you’re young. What it’s like to lose multiple family members in a short period of time. What it’s like to have an uncle murdered. What it’s like to have an aunt and then an uncle die of different kinds of cancer within a year of each other. So I’m going to write about what I know.
If I take any one of those real life experiences, like finding out that your significant other is sleeping with your friend, or losing a parent at a young age, or having your uncle murdered and the murder still isn’t solved 4 years later, well there ya go… Add in the fact, that the MC undergoes emotional and mental changes because of those things, as well as a geographical change, and maybe the house she moves into is haunted, WELL…
And all of these are based on real life events (however, the names and events have been changed or altered to protect the innocent as well as the guilty).
By the way, I’m also participating in the National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) for November. So when I’m not posting about NaNoWriMo I’ll be writing about something from one of the NaBloPoMo prompts. Hope you have a great November 😀