Hi everyone! We are now past the Midpoint of NaNo and I hope that everyone participating is making great progress and finding a smooth rhythm. The “NaNo preparations” are all done (laughs) only to be replaced by a long list of other tasks. While the to-do list may never end, it is exciting and I have to say I’ve never enjoyed “work” quite so much.
NaNo Act 2, Part 2 – Taking the Battle to the Enemy, The Hero becomes a Warrior.
The Protagonist: No longer “thinks” about sitting down to write. He just does it. In the story world, Ben has acquired a demon steed and is charging right into the teeth of the enemy, but survival is always a tenuous thing.
The Key Players: The crew is a bit banged up from battle, but new friends are there to inject much needed hope into the devolving chaos. Let us hope that it is enough to turn the tide.
The Antagonist: Does a Banshee cry, or only wail? Some questions unveil answers that the heart may weep to know.
The Stakes: Two novella’s drafted, but still a ways to go – I’m not holding my breath anymore, but I’m not sprinting up the mountain either (smile). If the person you loved most died and was trapped from “passing beyond”, would you kill them again to save them? Just one of the questions Ben is struggling with.
The Conflict: Ben and company are scattered, bleeding within and without and facing an opponent that knows only rage and revenge – that might qualify as conflict. Might (grins).
The Second Plot Point is on the horizon. So is the Dark Night of the Soul. Dig deep, friends, on the other side of the Dark Night is a Bright New Dawn. Go claim the Dawn!
Which brings us to this weeks progress.
On the Writing front I’m at 44,948 for NaNo and plan to cross the 50k threshold either Monday or Tuesday. I’d love to say that everything has gone smoothly, but, not the case. The second novella came in “lighter” than expected. If number 3 comes in close, I’ll be at around 75k this month. I’m very pleased with the progress and know that I’ll be able to sort it all out during edits.
I spent part of the past week watching some of the movies from my “List of Great Movies.” This is an Alexandra Sokoloff concept where you make a list of your favorite movies for genre, hero, villain, most romantic kisses, etc. – and then watch them as a writer. This week I covered:
- Book of Eli: Near-perfect Journey structure; highly-compelling protagonist and ally; powerful story world concept.
- Brothers Grimm: Blended genre story, compelling and innovative use of myth and fable.
- Event Horizon: Dark. Eerie. “It” wants to kill you. Oh, and a great “descent into madness” character.
- Children of Men: Powerful story concept, strong Journey structure. Normal man saves the world. Dark. Gritty.
- Total Recall (1990): Amnesia (techno-magic, non-natural); Excellent settings, innovative approach to mutants; strong story concept.
These movies come off my list for my novella series, but they also fit with my long term writing plans. I guess you could say they are my core, from which I build. Which is a bit disturbing now that I look back at them, but hey, there it is. (grins).
After a few interruptions (one day where I was wrapped up in appointments), I’ve taken the past two days to put a full schedule into place and am tweaking a few things, such as how I use Scrivener. A day of planning now, will net months of production down the line. I’ll be talking about all of that soon – changes to the blog are still in the wind, just waiting for the NaNo rush to end.
That is all for me this week. I hope you all have had excellent weeks and would encourage you to get out and visit your fellow ROWers – say hi, encourage, give them a virtual hug, or a bit of tough love – we need it all.