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And so begins the month of NaNoWriMo for me. I had to fret for the past few days over this Bible exam I had today (which, by the way, I did verily destroy like Sodom and Gomorrah - man I rocked that shit), and now, despite the fact that I have not one, not two, not three, but four, FOUR lengthy writing assignments due next week, at different points. But I am undeterred - I will write!

I have the need to do things perfectly if I have the option to, so I have to unfortunately not use my psychedelic magnum opus, a literary picaresque that deals with McKenna's translinguistic goo matter, because I've already written a bit of it. Yes, it was a nominal amount, but not as nominal as a sentence or a paragraph, and so technically, I can't use it. You could say that I'm squandering the opportunity to actually finish the damn thing, but NaNoWriMo is a state of mind, and honestly, I could push myself to plow forward with it at any time.

So for the following month, I'm going to wing it. I'm sitting here with Scrivener open (I just downloaded it, trying it out - I actually really like it so far). Part of me wants to do something fantastical, but part of me wants to attempt something that's mainly character-based. Not that fantasy or science fiction can't be predominantly character-based, but I mean that the whole story will revolve around mere human mortals residing on our present-day Earth. So there's no fantastical back story, merely just... people. And honestly, that's really daunting, because I keep thinking of stories like Anna Karenina, major epic works that deal solely with human relations. I'd have to think of something pretty damn riveting.

I'll probably end up adding a subtle underscore of magical realism, because that's just how I roll. :]

But anyway, I HAVE NO OUTLINE, no concept, nothing, and I'm just staring at the blinking cursor thing, really not wanting to just start writing about boring drab characters who say nothing that means anything because I don't know what's going on.

So if you any of you are pantsers (like, flying by the seat of your pants), let me know what drives you.

I was trying to decide if I should make a nano filter but um... I'm lazy, and if you don't feel like reading about nano it takes 0 effort to scroll past a post, so I think you'll be all right.

Okay, I need to get back to actual creative thought. Bai.

Date: 2011-11-04 01:23 am (UTC)
azuire: (believe i can fly.)
From: [personal profile] azuire
Scrivener is lovely! I'm using Ommwriter, as I can't afford Scrivener, but it's still quite decent (and has soothing music). I don't know how much I'll be able to do, but I'm also quite likely to do 'people here and now' rather than the ~epics~ I did in previous years.

Added you as a buddy! No prizes for guessing my UN there. ♥ Best wishes this year!

Date: 2011-11-04 02:35 am (UTC)
azuire: (just keep swimming.)
From: [personal profile] azuire
I'm using Ommwriter for Mac, do you have a Windows? I think some features may be different, but it's very lovely to write in, although hard to hit backspace. There's also writeordie, if you've heard of it.

Date: 2011-11-04 06:06 am (UTC)
azuire: (breathe.)
From: [personal profile] azuire
It is, and I don't like it much :/ Ommwriter is better suited to my needs.


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