One week before NaNoWriMo began, my uncle was murdered. And everyone in my head went silent. I have never felt so completely drained of creativity and imagination. The entire week, as I spent time with my family, avoided reading increasingly negative news articles, and prepared to attend the funeral, I was also thinking about the lack of anything coming out of my fingers. I’d already scheduled all but two of my Prewriting posts, so after I finished those last two I basically had nothing going on in the writing department. Needless to say, I was worried.
Then, Halloween came. We dressed up the kid and went to visit the grandparents. After making the rounds, we were invited back to my mother’s to watch Drag Me To Hell. So my first NaNoWriMo words were written while watching the movie (not really scary, more Army of Darkness than The Grudge). My grand total during the two hours? A whopping 100 or so. After a full night’s sleep and some breakfast, I was only able to add an additional 50. Basically, the characters for that novel refuse to be roused.
So, for the first time in my NaNoWriMo history, I’m considering changing novels. Which means I basically have to speed prewrite. But luckily, I have an entire box of story starters and sketchy outlines that I’ve written down over the years. So at least I won’t be starting completely from scratch.
Before I finish this post up, I had some requests for info about POV and Voice. I feel like those things are decided organically as I prepare everything else for my novel, so I’m not so great at them. Thus, some links:
I know it’s a little late, if you want to have that information for prewriting. But I find that those are things that can easily be taken care of in revising instead of prewriting.