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NaNoWriMo Eve Thoughts

안녕! (Hello!)
I’ve been learning Korean for a few months now so I figure I should probably try to actually practice more often. 

I know it’s been a while, but this time I come bearing news of significant progress on my urban fantasy WIP! I finished draft 3 in July, followed by draft 4 at the very beginning of October, and then promptly sent it off to several beta readers. So the last three weeks or so have been the slightly terrifying fun kind where I wait to hear what everyone thinks.

No really, it’s been fun! The feedback I’ve received so far has been helpful and useful, alleviating pretty much all my fears of it being a shitty book, while also giving me alternate options to explore with the problems I know still exist.  I’ve been able to breathe, and finally, FINALLY after what feels like years, properly devoted the majority of October to preparing for NaNoWriMo.

I learned my lesson from last year to focus on one single idea. What’s a bit surprising is the project I’ll be writing in November isn’t any of the five or so I started through the course of rewriting/revising my main WIP. No, this is a new idea…like a three month old maybe-this-could-be-cool idea that stood up and started strangling the other projects I’ve had simmering for eons.

It’s a cross between Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle, with a dash of The Last Unicorn. Still fantasy, but (hopefully) softer and definitely more self-indulgent. As usual I don’t have everything figured out, but at least I’ve got a beginning, end, and some vague idea of what happens in between those two points.

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Midnight NaNo setup is ready!

In the effort of full disclosure, I will say I’ve struggled a bit with brain weasels during this prep season. The more I learn about writing craft, publishing trends, and the like, the more I tend to stress whether this (and my other projects) are good/different enough to be marketable. Obviously this is…not a great thing to be worrying about, and I’ve caught myself several times now trying to warp the plot into something I don’t want.

After working on the same MSS for the bulk of the last four years, I want to write something without worrying whether I’ll find a home for it or not. To that end I’m trying to think of it more in terms of writing fanfiction**–as self-indulgent, gushy, and silly as I want.

**Note: I am by no means looking down on or implying fanfiction is less serious than published fiction. I have read so many fanfics over the last several months with beautiful voice, gorgeous prose, heartwarming and sometimes heartwrenching plots; they are researched and edited and loved by the individuals writing them. I want to get back to that place where writing is as much for me as it is for any future readers.

 In any case, we’ll see how this all pans out through November!

 

Like last year, I joined up with The Mighty Pens again for NaNo season. This year we’re raising money to support NaNoWriMo directly. If you’d like to support me/us, you can find more information out in my tweet below!

 

As you might have noticed I also changed the title of the blog. While this will still be a place for me to talk about writing in general, I want to use it as a space to fangirl over…well, whatever I want to. Anime, music, art; anything that moves me deeply to the point I have to gush about it. I feel like I should have made this shift ~2 years ago after watching Yuri on Ice, but it’s better late than never.

So, this is your only warning that there will be fangirly posts upcoming. The first two will be recaps of the BTS concerts I attended — Sept. 16 in Fort Worth, and Oct. 6 at Citi Field in New York. Both shows were a blast, and I really want to take my time writing my thoughts out for each. I took a ton of video clips in New York, too, so the plan is a little travel vlog to accompany that one.

Theoretically. Assuming I don’t beat my computer to death trying to edit everything together.

 

For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo: good luck! I hope you throw caution to the wind and your inner-editor out the window so you truly enjoy the whirlwind wording. Please don’t stress out about trying to hit 50,000 words–the whole point is just to get you writing, that’s it. Whether you end up with one word or two hundred thousand (yes, it happens), that is more than you had before. The words don’t need to be perfect, they just need to be on the page. Good luck, have fun, and 화이팅! ^-^

-Ches

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