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Nano this year, whilst I succeeded in making the post count, was not what i deem a great success. I didn’t work on my historical novel but instead wrote a lot of crap about fairies. It sucked. It was horrible, but i have to deal with it and move on.
I did however manage to glean an interesting character from it, so maybe she will be useful one day.
in the emantime i relaxed over new year and wondered when i will ever finish ‘rest for the wicked.’ i have the prequel all planned too so yeah, it needs doing.

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I started to plot my Nanowrimo novel a few days ago, ok, well rather I bought a new notebook from Paperchase and decided it needed a high purpose. The idea I had for an epic romance/historical drama still flutter about in my head, so I think it would be an excellent time to get it kick started. Particularly as i will need to do alot of plotting for this story.

Normally when I write I just start witht the first line and go from there, I enjoy seeing where it takes me and what happens next, it helps the characters to live for themselves and once they do the telling gets so much easier. This time I am plotting, simply because the timing is so important and the period of history is inflexible. Historical events are a great framework of facts and figures of what is known about the time period, but how you dress it will be the key part to keeping people interested.

I remember when i was growing up, the books by Cynthia Harnett were totally delightful to read and not in the least boring way of learning a little bit about history. My favourite (of which I found a 1st editon for £3 in a charity shop years ago) was ‘The Load of Unicorn’ which was to do with scribes and the advent of printing as a boy from a scribe’s family was sent as an apprentice to Caxton. There was intrigue as well and you really learned a lot about that small section of time. ‘The Wool Pack’ was another favourite and I hope I can make my historical novel just as interesting and educational.

Sso far i have a vague outline of each chhacter’s story and the time line for each, its like having the fabric but not the framework. Now i need to start on the hard facts and then follow that with initial research. I have had books for this for some time too, so it will be great to finally dive into them and also will teach me alot too about that particular decade of history over which the story takes place.

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As it can be seen from the lack of updates i was writing the nano novel more than actually blogging about the process which is how it should be. I did manage to get the word count, though by less than what i wanted and with a story that is considerably less quality than last year. Last year’s needs some retuning, padding and brightneing whereas this one needs plastic surgery for all the xcessive plotlines and ideas it seemed to have gorged itself on. Its salvagable, but will have to be reborn as something else – think pink soap from fight club hehe.

anyway, thanks to the commenst  and support from docmitasha, irugnotmis and dramabeans and anyone else who dropped by 🙂 It was very appreciated! I decided after geting a random comment today that i’ll continue with this blog as my writing blog interspersed by books i’m reading and general thoughts or links to anything to do with writing and books 🙂

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25 000+

…but my temper is fraying badly.

really really grumpy today anyway and then this evening was constant interruptions

*snarls*

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on the 9th day of nano….

…i made 11000 plus words

at this rate i will fall short, so i need to make a bigger effort int he week. Now that my work day has settle down a bit it should be ok.

oh – and i am mightily pissed that i missed the chance to meet Lee Byung Hyun at the London Korean Film festival.

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Day 3

you know you as tired when you try to spell ‘description’ as ‘desprion’

gah. 5.30am starts will be the undoing of me AND my nano novel. Managed to squeeze out a few words at work, but wanted to use lunch to get to know my new workmates and then of course i had to work haha.

still, every little counts and i managed a half page tonight before i now head to bed. Chapter 4 i’ll get to know a little more about my lead guy and his relationships with his 2 friends/group members.

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Chapter 3 (ongoing)

haven’t written much at all today, my updated total was mostly from yesterday when i couldn’t access the nano site. I had so many issue today untili found it like IE better than firefox right now. I will have to find a different time to update i think ‘cos really i want to spend my time writring not punching in numbers and swearing at a screen that vanishes all i am doing!

Anyway, i have an early start tomorrow, so I had better be focusing my thinking on the remains of this chapter and thent he next. I’m rather liking my lead guy ^^

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