Hello folks! I’m back to wipe the dust off my blog again. Jeezy Chreezy, I am bad at updating this regularly. I don’t when the last time I made a post was. Enough lamenting about lost opportunities. I’m going to tell you what’s in the future!
I’ve been plotting stories to write for about 85% of 2017. Around August I got tired of this and decided that I was going to start writing actual stories again. So I came up with a couple of ideas, but none of them really stuck. I had an idea that a bratty prince was exiled from his kingdom by the king. His quest was to go have adventures and come back home with a title worthy of a king. I loved this idea for a hot minute and then I woke up in the middle of the night and hated it. The next morning, the project was dead. I had announced the project the night before and as per usual, the next day it died.
I came up with another idea! I’d had been trying to do a superhero series for the longest time. I’d also wanted to do a quest fantasy series. I finally got the idea to put them together! I created The Heroes of Lunde! Using some characters I had created in March that I didn’t know what to do with, I created a team of adventurers who continually save their kingdom from outside threats. I went to the NaNoWriMo webpage and looked in the Adoption section where people were giving away titles they weren’t going to use. I picked up 8 of them and used them for The Heroes of Lunde. I have 10 episode titles (two of them are two parters.) and I came up with small plot synopses for them and THAT’S IT! I’m not plotting anything else!
I have done NaNoWriMo as a pantser and as a plotter. This year, I’m a plantser, which means I’m doing both plotting an pantsing! I’ll plan a little bit, and then pants the rest! I’m excited because this is something new to me. The possibility of failure is high, but I’m really thrilled to be taking this approach. I’ve won Nano 13 times in a row, I guess failing would be something new to experience, but not actively sought after.
Now, I’ve noticed a curse that has been cropping up on me this year. I’m intent on doing a series. I make it to the second episode of plotting/writing something, and then the ideas stop and it’s over. I call it the Second Episode Slump. I’ve fought hard to make it past the second episode and succeeded sometimes, but not often.
For the sake of The Heroes of Lunde, I decided to write the first episode before Nano to make sure that I was jazzed about the concept an the characters. I didn’t want to get to a point where I hated it sometime in November and then have nothing to fall back on. So I wrote the first episode and I finished it last night. I was only planning on it being 10,000 words, but it came out to 18,126 words. It’s amazing. There are some horrible mistakes in it, but I’m going to go back and look at it another time. For now, I’m just going to revel in my accomplishment!
Episode 2 is looming. I’m debating whether I can start and finish it before October 31st. Should I attempt it? Am I a madman?
My goal this Nano is to write three of the episodes in one month! If each one comes out to be 20,000 words, then I should finish strong with 60,000. Doable? I think so!
So, that’s what’s going on! I will keep you posted throughout next month to let you know how it’s going!
For those of you participating in Nano 2017, good luck and happy writing!