Since we’re talking of Nano, I don’t know if I’m cheating by starting out with ten thousand words already written (it’s an airline story which is hopefully a romantic suspense – the suspense at the moment being that I don’t know what the plot is, yet!) although I still do hope to do another fifty on top of that. I’m on holiday at Wells Next the Sea for the first two days of it, so will have to get up early, I think to fit it in. The plot is loosely set around smuggling – diamonds and guns and is set in Africa and Russia (great-never been to either!) but do intend to brainstorm in the next few days so I get a definite plot.
The last time I did Nano, I went off at a rushed tangent and ended up eventually scrapping about twenty thousand of the forty odd I wrote, so won’t do that again. I will probably write the names of the characters on a huge sheet of drawing paper (husband has them for designing kitchens) and another one for the plot (very loosely) and one more for ‘light-bulb’ moments. I’ll blue tac them on my ‘office’ wall and write with coloured felt tips whenever I feel the urge.
I’d love to be able to know chapter by chapter what is going to happen, but sadly that is not me. Afraid that if I was going to be an organised person, I’d be there by now! Have been googling about Africa for a few days whenever I have a spare moment to get a feel for it, but can’t settle to a particular area, although it needs to be near a diamond mine.
The nearest meeting points for Nano-ers seem to be Milton Keynes (nowhere near me!) or London, so not sure if I’ll attend any of those. Just need to give my elbow and wrist joints a few days to give the constant RSI pain a break in readiness. Have a good feeling about this novel and feel very upbeat about my writing for the first time in ages, so if Nano does nothing else for me, it’s helped to get my mojo back!