So NaNoWriMo is coming soon. On my other blog, my “writer” blog so I can brand myself as an author, I’ve been talking about NaNo. This is my personal blog (and I’ll catch things up on this blog soon). I thought I’d give you a few clues as to what I’m working on…
Novel; Character Outline for NaNo 2013
When I first begin a novel I work on the character outlines first. I google pics of famous actors, actresses, sports people, band members, etc to find a pic to use as a visual for my character (same hair color, eye color, hair type, body type, etc), sometimes it’s more about the personality of the character, sometimes it’s more about a look or an attitude, but it’s always for me to use as inspiration while I’m writing the character sketch, and then the outline of the novel, and then novel itself.
Last NaNo I pretty much pantsed through it (a pantser is someone who writes a novel “by the seat of their pants,” and all I had was a few basic ideas, a few names for characters, and a place. This time I’m using an Outline for my novel based on “Save the Cat” structure.
Outline template used for novel for NaNo 2013
I’d like to think that I could outline a novel without using a structure like this one, but this made it so much easier.
There are several outline templates, several novel writing templates, that I could use, but I found this one I think it might work best for me. While creating the project I needed to go in and change character names, etc. and I found that these names suited my characters much better than the one’s I was using. Though I’m creating a series based on my made up town called Meridian Lake, and I just might use the other project I’d started with that set of character names–at least some of them–for my next novel in the series. I’ve even made a map (hard work and I’m not sure it’s finished, and I’d need to learn a lot more about using Paint, Gimp, etc before I even attempt to create a better map).
Map of Meridian Lake for NaNo Novel 2013
I’ve been thinking about changing the title to fit the series. Maybe The Meridian Lake series. And have book 1 be called Revelation, or maybe something completely different, something to do with Fate, which is what is in the title now, though I do not like it.
So now you know what I’ve been working on the month of October (and part of September).
My husband, Mr. Rockstar, got a new job and has been in TN all week for orientation. He’ll be flying back home Friday and I can’t wait to see him. I’ve missed him so much I’ve had trouble sleeping. This is the first time we’ve been separated for more than a night since we got serious and moved in together over 2 years ago. We’ve only been married 13 1/2 months so I’m not happy about the separation but I am so happy he found a better job. And I’m so proud of him.