So I’m beginning to wonder about myself. I’ve been having all these CRAZY dreams lately. I’m running or I’m chasing, but they are all about me getting murdered. Not good right?! In each dream, someone’s trying to kill me and I’m trying to figure out who did it. So far, the hubby is NOT on my list of suspects. 😉 One of these dreams centered on me trying to prove to the police that it wasn’t him before I croaked. GEESH! I don’t think I should go into any details, but apparently I watch WAY too many detective shows on Netflix. Scary stuff! I told my coworkers about some of these dreams and that also brought up some interesting discussions. Did I mention that I seem so normal? Yeah, well people tend to look at you strangely when you talk about having detailed dreams about solving your own murder unless they know that you write in your spare time. It’s one of THOSE things.
The good news is I’m getting some GREAT plot ideas for NaNoWriMo. I wanted to wrap up my WIP before NaNo started, but if I don’t then I don’t. For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s a writing contest where you compete against yourself. It’s a marathon for writers. You try to write 50,000 words in a month. That’s roughly 1667 words per day. You don’t worry about spelling or grammar. You write. Last year was my very first NaNoWriMo. I started out a little rough, then things got easier, and finally I was really struggling as I tried to pull together all the threads of my story. I made it in, just in time. It was one of the best writing experiences I’ve ever had! There was support from other writers. My friends at work kept encouraging me. Writing is normally such a solitary thing for me. For one month, I was a part of something bigger, a community. I got in my 50,000 words, but that particular story still needs to be finished. I like what I wrote so far, but I wasn’t able to tell the whole story in one month of work.
This year I have a couple of plot ideas. One is a romance. The other is a murder mystery. You can probably guess which story is going to win out based on the dreams I’ve been having! Neither story is about vampires. NO I’m not planning on combining the romance story and the murder story together…though the thought had occurred to me. 😉
I wish I had the discipline to be able to write NaNo style ALL the time. I suppose that must be how the best sellers keep cranking them out like the word version of a meat grinder. I can’t do that. I normally write when the muse hits me, or when the time permits me. I don’t think I could write with that intensity all the time. I’d like to say that my writing wouldn’t be as good if I always wrote this way, but that’s not true either. I noticed that last year’s NaNo Novel had some really great descriptions in it. Descriptions are often a weakness of mine. I’ll admit it. I put them in so I would have more words, but when I went back and read them, I thought, “Whoa! I wrote this? This is actually good stuff. Where did that come from?” LOL It’s funny, but when I wrote with complete abandon, just trying to generate as many words on a page as I could in a limited amount of time I had, I wrote some of my best writing ever. Maybe there’s a lesson here. Maybe by trying so hard to say the right things, or to word things the correct way, I’m actually hindering myself creatively.