Friday, October 28, 2011

NaNoWriMo? A Plot Possibility

I've been planning for NaNoWriMo this year. I have a terrific idea that I was planning on using, but haven't had too much time to develop it between edits on my existing works. Then, one day, I had a little downtime.

Instead of planning, I began writing. Not the story I was planning. This was just a stray thought that came into my head, and I started writing it for the fun of it.

I liked it.

And I wanted to know more about the world. What are the Tides? What happened to all the people? How does she make her ability work? Why is it important that her brother is a famous singer? What are the Powers - what can they do? What's with the rhythms? You do know I'm not in the least bit musical, right? Couldn't keep a beat if my life depended on it?

So, I think I am shelving the first idea I had to work on this new one. Which will be interesting, because I still don't have the answers to all of the above questions. I don't know how long the story will be, and I don't really know where it's going. But I'm working on it - scribbling some plans on a pad of paper, making up the characters as I go.

This is what happens when a character makes her author interested. She gets written.

It's all about the characters.

Sorry, Cleo, you'll have to wait your turn. You just weren't interesting enough. Go work on your backstory, girl, and then we'll talk.

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