Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rag & Muffin for NaNoWriMo

Well, why not?  I'm out in the boonies on a job where I have infrequent internet access but plenty of time to write, and I'm making unexpectedly good progress on the rough draft of what I hope will be the first in a series with the title Rag & Muffin, a play-on-words of which I'm fond.  Previously, this first volume was entitled Rag & Muffin: Girl Trouble, but after I realized that wasn't descriptive and didn't sound exciting, I changed it to the clunkier but more interesting Rag & Muffin: Tales of a Fourth Grade War Goddess.  More tweaking will likely occur.  That's why they call these working titles.

Anyway, looking at my progress and remembering that this month is NaNoWriMo, I figured I might as well make it a goal to have the rough draft churned out by the end of the month, since I've already done most of the character development, world-building, and research over the last five years (including a trip to India to get first-hand knowledge of the culture I'm ripping off for the exotic fantasy setting), looks feasible at this point.  I'm not really doing the whole competition thing; I started writing it before the month began, and I'd rather turn out a decent draft than be able to say I managed to write all of it by the end of November, but having the goal might help me work harder, so from time to time I'll make the blog even more narcissistic than usual by giving word-count updates throughout the month, as my circumstances permit.

Not bothering to do the traditional word count still used by editors, I look down at the bar at the bottom of Microsoft Word, the only program on my new computer that still likes to crash on a regular basis, and see this:

37,124 words.

That's not a bad start.  That's also more than eight completely drafted chapters, yo.

At the very least, since I already know the characters and know exactly where the novel is going, I won't have to use the NaNoWriMo technique of "Just Add Ninja" to keep the story moving.  I am, however, planning to throw in some demon-possessed Chinese robots armed with chainsaw-ax-scissors, but those are supposed to be in there.  No, really.
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