NaNoWriMo Musings

I know, I know, I KNOW.

This is the time of year where I fill your delicate ears with sweet whisperings of NaNoWriMo. I let flow the promises of dedication, planning, and a resolve like I have never felt before to accomplish my goal this year. The heat of my breath on your neck confirms the passion burning within me – that or I used too much cinnamon toothpaste this morning.

But. THIS IS THE YEAR! I have spent the entire last year working away at, sound-boarding, outlining, and exploring the story in which I still want to write. I have a fantastic group of writerly friends (I think its safe to call them that) that I know will encourage me along, and some actual, in-the-flesh writing buddies that will be sitting alongside me from time to time during the challenge. I am in the best position of my seven years of attempting NaNoWriMo to succeed. That is precisely what will happen.

I can talk a bit about the idea in my head. Yesterday was the “Ahh Ha!” or, perhaps, the “Oh Shit!” day for me – the day in which you realize that NaNoWriMo is turning the doorknob and will soon be in your room with a rusty meat cleaver. It was the day in which I decided to create a new account – not to hide in shame from the failings of the past years, but rather to start fresh using my Twitter handle and what has ingrained itself as my online writing persona, @wordrew. If you tweet, you know what I’m talking about.

Yesterday was also the day in which two breakthroughs happened for me. First, and probably most significantly, the four or five book ideas that I have rolling around in my vacuous noggin all sort of tumbled to the dusty recesses. The story that I have been working with for the past year stayed. The story has come back to me with fervor and I know that this is what I need to work on in the upcoming weeks and months. That leads me to the second breakthrough – yesterday I wrote an impromptu synopsis of my story while setting up my wordrew NaNo account.

It isn’t polished and took me less time to write than this post, but here it goes:

Several years and a lifetime ago, Parl and Purl’s parents were slain by minions of a secret society. Since that horrendous day, the brothers have become self-sufficient and forced to live on the run. Parl has grown intense, fallen in love, and consumed his childhood village and a few of its inhabitants in an unexpected inferno. Purl has studied, worked for the mayor, and saved his twin brother’s life with a deluge of quenching water.

Life in hiding has been bearable. The nightmares have been insufferable. As twins try to settle into a new community, they are discovered by agents of the Seminary of Five Ashes and offered sanctuary with the church. The twins accept the offer of training and absolution in order to live a open life once again.

As his studies progress with the Seminary, Purl uncovers a tumultuous history while reading by candlelight deep in to the night. Parl’s wanderlust and insatiable curiosity lead down a more physical path of training where the painful past is uncovered from his curvaceous mentor as she undresses at the edge of the Laughingman’s Rush river.

Join the twins as they arrive at the same conclusion and set off to join forces with Elementalists, secret societies, and the gods themselves.

I am not sure that I intended the plot to sound so YA, but perhaps that is where the book wants to be. Perhaps I should expand, revise, and think about this shit first? I am not entirely sure.

On a side note, I would like to hear from you handful of awesomeness (umm, that sounds very weird) as to your thoughts on my voice here at writebrainedramblings. Am I too informal? Do I not sound intelligent enough or proper like the English teacher that I am certified to be? Do you care? Hit me up in the comments below.

9 Responses

  1. This one dribble from the handful of awesome certainly does care.

    As far as the voice, how do you want it to read? What do you want us to feel? This is my assessment, but it might be totally off base:

    The first section of the story has a few options. It could be fast-paced, stark, tense, or even hopeful. How do you want the boys’ trials to feel? Are the siblings scrappy survivors or bright-eyed and full of hope? Try to tap into their feelings — how they’re coping with the world — and let the prose reflect that attitude.

    Keep a tight focus not on the world, but ~their interpretation~ of the world.

    How you play the first half determines if the second half is plausible. The way you’ve framed it sounds character-driven, so you’ve got to have solid, 3D characters.

    The second section covers the boys ascent into manhood via two different routes: the intellectual/spiritual and the physical/emotional. Do they still see eye-to-eye? Are there hints of this schism in the first section? Do Purl’s lusts make him dysfunctional?

    Great potential for drama here. I think you should run with it, and get to know the twins as individuals.

  2. I agree with Setsu. You gotta run with it. The only way you’re going to really know how it’s going to turn out, and what kind of book EXACTLY it is going to be, is to get the whole sloppy first draft down on the page and out of you. Then you can really look at what you have in front of you and edit and revise at that time. During the upcoming time of NaNo I think you should just write with everything you have. Don’t worry about what it is or where it’s going, just write, write, write. You can always cut things and add things later.

    From the snippet above, I agree with Setsu again, get to know those twins!

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  7. Certainly a lot of ideas to play around with here. I reckon world development would be great to do next. What does the secret society stand for and why did it kill their parents? How do the twins different personalities fit with the culture (or cultures) they have been raised in? What do the Seminary folks believe?

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Please, let me know what you think.

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