I haven't posted yet this month, which is a travesty. But I have a good excuse: I've been doing NaNoWriMo. Add to that the remnants of dry socket, and any semblance of a social life I once had has disappeared on the wind.
But that's alright. It happens. Just like dressing up like The Karate Kid at 1am during NaNoWriMo happens.
That's right. NaNo has hit with all the subtlety of a freight train, and I'm in the full swing of things. Right on time, my writer's doubt hit full-force today, as I wondered why on earth I decided to write this novel. I miss my other characters, like Fiona and Evyn, too much! I'm getting inspiration for other novels! I don't like Evee's name! (I'm slowly changing my mind on that last one.) But for now, I shall power through. I just introduced the titular characters, the Lost Girls, in chapter two, and that's helping. (I keep changing character names, as well as their spelling, in the middle of the narrative, but oh well. It happens.) I'm getting a grasp on who Evee and the Lost Girls are, and what the rest of my plot will entail. Slowly, I am regaining my excitement.
My NaNo novel has already sabotaged me by bringing in a character I didn't anticipate: Dr. Susannah Lovelace. She's Jem's boss and she's played by Cate Blanchett and she's seriously really cool. Professionalism and cool rationality is absolutely her forte, and I foresee her becoming seriously kick-butt. I already love her.
And although we've had a rough beginning, I thiiink I do love this novel, too? It's definitely been a bit difficult so far. However, we're definitely getting acquainted with each other and I'm looking forward to seeing what this story is all about.
So, here I go once again on my sixth (sixth?!?) NaNo. It's simultaneously exciting and terrifying all at once.
And because I'm blithely pretending to be professional at this NaNo business, (I'm completely not), here are some tips for the month ahead, my fellow NaNoers: