NaNoWriMo mistakes and outlook

It’s been silent here in the last week, but fear not, I have gone nowhere.

I spent the last week toying with the next project that tentatively pushed itself forward now that my brain has space for a new idea. It’s not completely new and I really like it, though it’s still very raw and has nothing more than three characters and genre(s). I also thought about how to go about it and how to incorporate it into the blog.

I still like the idea of doing things project style, because in the end, every story is a project.

But before I dive into the next challenge and my thoughts on what I want from it, I want to do a quick review of my “failure”.

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Preparation is everything and weekly round up

Wow, that was not a great week writing wise. Monday and Tuesday I really didn’t feel up to speed and then somehow the week was already over. The one good thing to say about this week is that least I didn’t get full on sick as I was afraid I would. Can’t say that I am a hundred percent healthy either but definitely functional.

So, how did the writing go? Not at all. Yeah. There. I said it. Didn’t write a word this week (I’ll discount the few words I managed during editing), mugged up my schedule and will now have to get my act together fast to stay on schedule halfway decently.

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War in fiction – setting up the conflict

If you write fantasy or science fiction, more often than not at least one of the conflicts involved is military in nature. Wars heighten the stakes, make it easy to set up parties against each other on a grand scale and bring some action to the page.

While writing war seems daunting in a realistic setting because “there is just so much to reasearch”, especially fantasy autors often seem to award themselves more of a creative liscence. Which, in my opinion, you shouldn’t, because it takes away a lot from the potential of the setting and the credibility of the conflict. Putting some effort into the set up not only makes your world immediately richer and feeling more real, it also will help to improve your overall story.

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Writing journal and weekly round-up

When you write, it’s usually only you and your story (at least while you are on the first draft). While that reduces complexity regarding the process, it also allows for more leniency. Chapter not done yet? Oh well, tomorrow is another day, I just wasn’t feeling it today. Too lazy to research? Let’s be vague in our description and no one will notice.

Especially when writing doesn’t come with the responsibility of supporting yourself financially and/or delivering to an agent or publisher on a deadline, developing a structured process is probably one of the things writers struggle with most. I know I do.

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Kick off – Defining the project

All project kick offs I have been to so far (a grand total of two) started out with fancy speeches and booze. I emptied my last beer yesterday and I suck at fancy speeches, so we’ll skip that and just dive right into it.

Since I declared this to be a project, I am going to  be the good business major that I am and treat it as such.

A project is defined as a planned set of related tasks that are to be executed within a specific time frame, taking into account a set budget and/or other limitations. 

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