allisnow: (movie // avengers // pass)
So I'm having a lot of NaNo-related uncertainty right now.

The last two years, I 'won' NaNo (i.e. I wrote 50K words in the month of November) with original fiction - girl-centric fantasy - but never actually finished the stories. They're still just sitting there and I have no overwhelming desire to pick them up again.

I have a third original story on my drive that I've been picking at here and there, and I have a ton of notes and timelines and whatnot written up for it, but I've always read how bad it is to use an established idea for NaNo because of the fear of completely screwing it up. Which is totally me.

When I started thinking about NaNo at the start of the month I generated a germ of an idea... something a little more scifi than fantasy, figuring a change of pace might be a good thing. However, it's still really only a germ. I know a few facts about my MC and her world and that's it. And the idea of going into November with an almost completely-blank slate is... well, I know some people do it, but it's kind of freaking me out.

And then there's always fanfic. I've never done fic for NaNo before, even though it's kosher, because I figured the whole idea was for me to stretch myself. But there's this sequel to White Blank Page lurking in the back of my mind that I'm pretty sure I want to write, and I know from prior experience that I could pound out 50K of Clint/Natasha and Team easy, but... I don't know. It kind of feels like cheating. :\

Oh, by the way, I know it's mostly PMS, but I'm getting ticked off by the commercials for this "Alex Cross" movie. STFU, morons, it's Aaron Cross. JEEZ.
allisnow: (Default)
Writing something that you know is going to aggravate your readers:

allisnow: (movie // avengers // rope)
1. If you're not into Avengers fandom/Clint&Natasha stuff, you can ignore the last three posts. Except... what's wrong with you?? XD

2. On a related note, I'm having more writing issues. I swear the next thing I write is going to be comprised solely of people sitting around talking and maybe sexytimes.

3. My aunt was over last night for my cousin's birthday party, and this happened, and it gave me a happy.

TV: Bourne Legacy commercial.

Aunt: "He was in The Hurt Locker."

Me: *silent giggles*

Aunt: "What's his name? Jeremy..."

Me: *trying not to look too excited about this conversation* "Renner."

Aunt: "Right. I like him."

allisnow: (etc // happy bunny // hostage by plot bu)
Writing a story where an emissary from a more advanced civilization has arrived to give weapons to a a civilization that has only recently graduated to crossbows so that they can defeat their enemies. I'm just not sure what the technology IS. Should I go with the obvious and have it be gunpowder/firearms? Something a little more techy that these people will still be able to figure out, repair and perhaps replicate? Or just go with something that's essentially magic? I don't know anything about my advanced civilization yet so the possibilities are pretty wide open.
allisnow: (etc // happy bunny // hostage by plot bu)
I've been trying all week to get some writing done, and when do I finally start hitting my stride? Why, at bedtime on Sunday night, of course? When else, I ask you?

When else???

Charmed - Frustration
allisnow: (etc // plot bunny)
Sometimes I think "how did human beings ever get any writing done before the Internet" because it's so helpful for research. At other times I think, "how have human beings gotten any writing done since the Internet" because of everything else about it.
allisnow: (etc // happy bunny // hostage by plot bu)
Just shy of 10,000 words and taking a little break to recharge the muse. I dug out some of my writing books for just this purpose and have been going through one of Orson Scott Card's, Characters and Viewpoint. I think most of what he writes about are things good writers and readers know instinctively, but when you're in the middle of a NaNo slog it doesn't hurt to have things laid out in black and white.

One of my concerns with this story is that my heroine is, well, unlikable. So far she's been put in a situation where the reader is prone to feeling sympathetic, but I also want to give her some character flaws to overcome (or not) and to keep her from becoming an inadvertant Mary Sue. So this is kind of a quick-link reference for myself... if anyone else wants to put it to use, go ahead. Like I said, this isn't anything earth shattering, mostly just things to keep in mind when crafting characters.

Common factors when writing likable characters:
- Familiarity: At least superficially like the target audience
- Altruistic: choosing to put others' good ahead of her own, rescuing others in need, willing to sacrifice herself if no other options remain
- Proactive: not always reacting to things other people do
- Courageous: willing to take risks
- Fair: plays by the rules
- Attitude: not a whiner
- Dependable: stands by her word, keeps promises
- Clever: Rather that being merely 'intelligent'
- Endearing imperfections: See: Han Solo


Oct. 29th, 2011 03:18 pm
allisnow: (etc // happy bunny // hostage by plot bu)
Psst: if you're doing NaNoWriMo this year, leave me your username... we can be writing buddies!

I'm allisnow. (Imaginative, right?)


Oct. 11th, 2011 10:28 pm
allisnow: (etc // happy bunny // hostage by plot bu)
Weeee I just had a breakthrough with my NaNo problem!

Name help!

Oct. 1st, 2011 10:27 pm
allisnow: (etc // happy bunny // hostage by plot bu)
Okay, I've been turning my brain inside out on this one for ages, and I need help.

In the story I'm killing myself with working on - last year's NaNo, actually - there's a reclusive female monarch who has an all-female cadre of bodyguards. This group features prominently in the story and I can't just call them 'the female bodyguards' so I need a name. As a placeholder last November I just called them "Guardians", but that's so pedantic and uninspired that I kind of feel ill whenever I type it.

I've been organizing other bodyguard organization to try and spark an idea. The closest I've come is the Indian National Security Guard which is also known as the 'Black Cats'.

So, anyone struck with the idea for a name? If it helps, the story is a fantasy and the setting is quasi-turn-of-the-20th-century.

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