I have a blog? Oh. Yeah. I suppose I do. I haven’t written here in more than a year and a half. I suppose I should sit here and make all sorts of excuses as as traditionally been my wont, but I’m not going to do that. I’m just going to tell you what I’m hoping to do between now and the end of the year. It won’t suprise me if I don’t accomplish much (read: any) of this, but I’m going to put it out here anyway in an attempt to force some semblance of accountability.
NaNoWriMo is coming in about a month and a half. I finished NaNo last year with a story that was over 50,000 words but was nowhere near being done. Of course in grand Sam tradition I’ve done nothing with it since then. I’ve had vague thoughts of making this year’s story a later story set in the same world. Not a direct sequel, not even the same characters; just set in the same world. I’d like to finish last year’s story, though, before I do anything new.
To that end I’m going to try very had to get last year’s story done between now and the end of October. Is that too ambitious a goal? Probably. But I’m putting it out there anyway.
The story is a YA Alternate History called Red Skies At Night set in the present day in a world in which the USSR put an astronaut on the moon in 1968 and the USA never got there at all. I was consciously trying to write within a three-act structure. I got about halfway through the second act during NaNo and had a pretty good idea of where I wanted the story to go from there. However, I’ve been thinking about it off and on all year and decided that I don’t really like the way Act II was shaping up.
My instinctive reaction was to go back to the end of the first act (somewhere around word 22,000), throw all of Act II out, and start over. I don’t think that’s going to be necessary, though. I went back last week and re-read it for the first time in months and have decided that it isn’t as bad as I’d thought. I do want to make some changes and there’s quite a bit that is going to get thrown out, but it doesn’t have to be a total loss. That should make it easier to get the story through to an end.
If you’ve been around here at all over the years you may remember that I’ve always struggled with taking the time to write. I’ve had an idea of what I can do to schedule my time now, though, and I’m going to try and make a go of it and see what happens. I’m going to get back into the “hour at a time” approach that was working for me a couple of years ago. We’ll see. I’m not optimistic, but that’s probably just five years worth of making plans and letting them wither talking. If I can get into the habit during September and October, NaNo will be a breeze.
If I do get into it I’m going to blog my process differently then I have in the past. I won’t blog every day. I figure that post after post of “I wrote for an hour! 1,500 words! W00t!” gets old. I’ll blog once a week or so and put thoughts about how it’s going and how the process is working out. If it works out the way I want it to I should finish last year’s story sometime in late October and have a few days to brainstorm the new one before November 1.
I’m not optimistic. I’ve said that a few times here. I want to write and I’m feeling fairly motivated, but I’ve been there before and did nothing with the motivation. I’ll believe I’m going to do it this time when I actually see myself doing it. Wish me luck. We’ll see what happens.