…Is NaNo officially starting here in a few hours. Meep.
Very tempted to dive under covers. Very. I mean, I have an idea, but RL has been… well.
OTOH, have so far survived Halloween. Partly by dint of expressing my frustration by use of rubber snakes. I recommend this. It causes far less damage than some things I’ve thought of doing….
So. NaNo. I have done some research on stuff I want in the story. I’ve got some notes. I’ve got a title, and an opening line. And sometime after midnight, I will cross my fingers and pray.
Because the point of NaNoWriMo is not to produce The Perfect Novel. It’s to try to produce 50K words of useable rough draft.
….Or possibly 50K of Random Ninja Can-Can. Who knows?
One thing I’ve found that helps, sometimes, is to consider an element of the ridiculous that strikes both the reader and the characters about whatever the situation may be. For one example – you’re about to hunt down world-ending vampires, and you still need a warrant to search the premises. Or the bomb you need to disarm is… jammed behind a malfunctioning vending machine that someone really didn’t like.
Just something to make your characters – and reader – headdesk at Why Is This My Life?
Because we’ve all had those moments. And if you read a story to step into someone else’s skin for a while… it’s good to have something be familiar territory.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll get to blow up an evil vending machine yourself….