Hurrah for NaNo — now I’ll get some real work done!

I think I’ll get a lot more writing done next month, thanks to NaNoWriMo.

And no, I’m not participating.

It seems that every writer and his/her cat will be doing NaNoWriMo this year.  Certainly most, if not all, of the writers whose blogs I follow will be.  Working on a novel, frantically trying to write 1667 or more words every day, means less time and energy left over for blogging.  Less blogging from them means I don’t have as much to keep up with during November, and that means I should have more time to work on my own stories.

Yesterday, although I didn’t put many words on the page, I did get some work done on that ‘flashback’ sequence I keep trying to finish (and which keeps kicking my ass because every time I attempt to write part of it, I ‘fall into character’ too far and just want to avoid the whole situation), and I’m happy with how that’s going — or rather, I’m happy with the amount of progress I’m making, if you understand the difference.  I’m also making progress in figuring out exactly what I want to keep and what I want to change for “that novel” to make it fit with stuff already written that happens afterward.  There are still incongruities in the plot… *sigh*  It probably won’t fall together properly until the parts of the backstory being written right now — a major character in “that novel” is also  a major character in The Madness Engine (*quotes line from Mulan about ‘all grown up and destroying people’*) — are finalized, because “that novel” happens after The Madness Engine (even though The Madness Engine takes place in the 30th century, and “that novel” is in the early 22nd — and remember, there’s no time travel in these stories).

Of course, I’ll also be working on my clone’s stories.  He’s more than 30K words into The Madness Engine now (*mutters something about ‘reading ahead’ and then laughs insanely*), and yesterday he said he wants to get a few short stories/excerpts ready to post on his blog soon, which means I’ll be doing a final pass for proofreading and minor edits.  One of those stories is an out-take from The Fallen, removed because it was one sub-plot too many in a novel that was already pushing 150K words, and another is an excerpt from The Madness Engine.  (*eagerly anticipates making Loyal Reader say “eep!”*)  There may also be short stories about Hrothgar Tebrey that fill in spaces between novels, but I don’t know which of those my clone wants to post.

About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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1 Response to Hurrah for NaNo — now I’ll get some real work done!

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