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I broke 10k for NaNo last night. I am way out ahead of where I was when I did this two years ago. That being said, I am muy disheartened.
When I was trying to describe my displeasure last night, I put it this way:
I sat down to write the The Hobbit, and am, instead, writing the Silmarion Silmarillion (thanks Bria).

Because I don't have proprietary authorship rights to the world in which the story I had planned to tell takes place, I have to put it in my own world. No problem, says me - until I start writing. Then I realize that unless I make some pale rip-off world, nothing will make sense. So, I bring the story back down to bones, and start at the beginning - where does it take place? From there, I set to building a world, which led to writing a history, and figuring out a divinity somewhere along the way. Now I am 10k+ into a fairy-tale genesis, and I've just gotten to the close of the second age! I need another age under my belt, for sure, to set things up.

This is frustrating mostly because it is some of the best hook-writing I've done in years. The way my little scribbled notes have become full-blown worlds is really enervating, and the story I will have to re-work what I am writing - I think, and either abandon what I have written thus far, or find ways to work it into the book in snippets. My main story is still mostly unwritten, and I have no way of getting at it yet, until I finish up what I am working towards. Also, this world, as I am writing it, is becoming its own thing. It steals from plots and storied I have used in the past, or planed out and never used, but as they are being blended together, it is becoming a new thing.

Basically, I think I was right when I said that there was no way this story was happening in less than 70k, with 20k of that probably being just padding and back story that I can cut - or not.


My point is, I haven't played with enough Lego lately. I did some of that Saturday night. I wish I had taken a picture of it.


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Nov. 8th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
so when will this newest creation of yours be on display?
Nov. 8th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
when it is nailed dead in a coffin
you can read the intro preview off my nano page
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Nov. 9th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
All is not lost!
I took a few pictures of the various incarnations of your Lego creation. Plus I'm sure J&D would let you have him for inspiration. - L
Nov. 10th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Nov. 13th, 2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
You know, I think you should think of NaNoWriMo as just getting 50K of something useful written out, not necessarily the novel itself. It must definitely be frustrating to have so much written but none of it be story yet. However, such good planning and research is key to an awesome book, so I salute you on having the wherewithal to stick with that. I'd love to read any snippets you want to pass out - I just finished Stardust and forgot how much I love a good fairytale.

P.S. It turns out you know the cute dude I just met and are going to dish everything you know about him. His name is Colin and he works in your office at the Met. Round 6', auburnish hair, crazy gay facial hair but is not gay, freckles (ooh!).

P.P.S. You are going to let it casually slip that I asked about him, but not any of the information that you are going to divulge. Hee hee! Oh, and you are going to tell me if he asks about me.
Nov. 13th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
but i would really love to finish nano with a finished product, y'know?
i emailed you about the other stuff. I'll post some stuff up when I am more happy with where I am.
Nov. 13th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: yeah
Yes, I understand, but I think it's an unrealistic goal. I think something good should take time and a month is setting people up for failure and feeling bad about themselves.
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