So yeah, I’m heading down the NaNo path once more. This’ll be year five for me. I’ve learned that if I don’t have some kind of plan, I’ll end up on November 15th wringing my hands and gibbering over the hellish mess of a story I’ve produced. So I’ve got an outline that’s about 1/3rd finished. It gets to header 7 and says “Then more stuff happens. The end.” which isn’t a terribly good plan, but it’s improving.
I also have a title: A Mere Heart of Stone. It comes from a quote by Charles Darwin: “A scientific man ought to have no wishes, no affections, – a mere heart of stone.” Yes, Darwin does enter into the story. I have my friend, Jim, to thank for the original idea. I needed a flashback for my first Nick & Davy novel (Being pubbed by Torquere Press in January) and he offered an excellent plot. Unfortunately even stripped down to bare bones it was a big narrative and brought the novel grinding to a halt, so I cut it. When I went looking for a plot for the second N&D novel, there it was, and I’ve been banging away at it ever since, getting it to the point where I feel comfortable choosing it for this year’s NaNoWriMo.
So now I’ve eaten my supper (a BLT, yum!) and I’m running the dishwasher. I think it’s time to sign off and go read for a while. I’m reading Pournelle‘s “Inferno” which I think I read 30-odd years ago, it’s that familiar. And it’s wonderful.and
- “NaNoWriMo – it’s almost here!” and related posts (trashionista.com)
- NaNoWriMo is coming up! Are you ready? (lockergnome.com)
- The Prisoner of NaNoWriMo by Craig Robertson (podiobooks.com)
- Stave Off Writer’s Block This November with NaNoWriMo (seattlest.com)