07 October 2011

My NaNo Makes Me Screeeeeeeeeeeeeam!

Although, shouldn't it make you scream? I hope in a good way. Hmm. 

For the first time (okay, second time - but that first time it was more urban fantasy and you're supposed to love the monster, anyway...), I am attempting a horror story for my NaNo. I have no idea what I'm doing. Ever. I can't even watch horror movies (example: we went to the cinema to see Ju-on and the way I watched it was through my fingers; fingernails digging into the arm of my better half - and I still managed to have nightmares for a year, oy). What the hell am I thinking? 

Desperation, I think is the word. Well, no - not entirely. Some of it was inspiration. Honest. Stop laughing, out there! 

My nano-pitch: A young woman who's getting settled into life - new house, great new promotion, stable and healthy relationship(s), etc. - inherits a mirror from her favourite, loving aunt that does a little more than show her a pretty reflection. 

I'm a tease and I hope it gives someone (besides myself) nightmares - or at the very least that creepy, crawly feeling you get when you think someone's watching you (especially when you are totally alone).

Being that I'm a total maniacal, obsessive, compulsive, perfectionist (you really want more adjectives?) outliner - having only started my outline a few nights ago is making me a little crazy. Okay, so I'm crazy regardless, but that's beside the point. Right now, I'm trying to focus and get some sort of outline put together so I don't lose my marbles on Nov 1st. Right now, I think I'm missing a few marbles, but y'know...whatever!

I'm trying out the snowflake method - so far, so good. Nowhere near done, but I haven't run screaming from the building yet. This is a win.

What's everyone else writing about for NaNo? Got a method? 

Now for a cute dog photo (sorry for waking you, Bonny):


  1. I've done NaNoWriMo the past two years and LOVED it. This year will be a little tougher to pull off because I'm in the midst of editing to get the first book of the zombie west series out before the end of the year. BUT, I want to do Nano too, so we will see how it goes.

    I need to be a plotter. I do. Except I never have been. I'm a pantser, which can be fun but also incredibly difficult, too.

    I've heard of the snowflake method so I will need to go check that out. If I could just plot the book, everything would be so much easier, yet the idea of doing so makes me cringe a little inside--I like to see what my characters come up with on their own.

    Let me know how the NaNo goes. Have fun--horror could be really fun.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Angela!

    You definitely got some serious commitments there! I don't know how I could do it if I were a pantser. At first, I thought I was - I get a lot of little "vignettes" (mostly inspiration) like that - random writing, but I've tried HARD to just "let it flow". What I find is that I go nowhere and get lost too easily. ;) It ends up being an unfinished paragraph on my harddrive.

    Strongly developed characters will do whatever it is they want to do! :) Maybe if you start small - one sentence for your beginning, one for your middle and one for your end. Then again - if you've had this much luck being a pantser, why change??? It obviously works for you and that is ALL that matters!

    I'm sure I'll be blogging all about my NaNo experience here. I've been doing it since 2003 and that was the ONLY year I "won" (because I had a detailed outline LOL) every year since I've just tried to "let go" and I'm dead in the water after 15K words!!!