I am participating in Nanowrimo (again) despite the fact that my track record with Nano is NOT GOOD. My track record for finishing projects in general is terrible, as I tend to jump from idea to idea and never actually get to THE END on any. It’s a bad habit I am trying to break.
This year, though, I’m going into it with a hefty outline and a solid idea of what the story will be. I recently read 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron (Goodreads | Amazon), after hearing a few people over at the Rocking Self-Publishing podcast recommend this book. It has some great tips for how to write more – basically, reduce the amount of time you waste not knowing where your story is going, or writing scenes you’ll later cut, and instead do planning ahead of time, so you know exactly where the story needs to go.
In my natural state, I am some amalgamation of Plotter and Pantser. If I just wing it, I never write anything, or just randomly write a bunch of kissing scenes with no context. But I also tend to get bored of the story if I outline too thoroughly, because in my mind, the story has already been told. Here. Read the outline. That’s how the story ends. K bye. But clearly, my current method could use some improvement. I’m trying to learn to outline/plan without taking the fun out of the story, and Nanowrimo will be a nice test run of how that is working.
Okay, but what are you writing??
I’m writing a fantasy romance novella tentatively called “Serving Her,” set in a world (Ellaster) where magic is used to fuel technology, gods and goddesses are real and interact with human beings, and some humans – who have been Touched by the gods – can communicate with magic itself.
Power cells across Ellaster are going dark, with the magic suddenly running out. Lia, a high priestess and investigator for the goddess of magic, is given the task of discovering what is causing this and putting a stop to it.
Jamen is serving as a vessel for a being who claims to be the goddess of magic herself, but is working to destroy the heart of the planet and take away the magic power the gods have given to the world.
When Lia meets Jamen, it is to immediately throw him, and the false goddess possessing him, into prison. She is tasked with interrogating him, extracting the spirit from his mind, and restoring the magic to the world. But there is a gentleness to Jamen, even as his master is using him to create chaos, and Lia finds herself wanting to set him free from his torment because she has begun to care for him.
Doesn’t it sound awesome?
The world of Ellaster has been bouncing around in my brain for years. In fact, my first-ever Nanowrimo attempt was a story called Anayati, set in this same universe (but about, idk, 100 years after Serving Her). I have two short stories and three novel ideas set in this world, as well as a half-finished board game called Middlemist, where you run a city housing one of the artefacts of the gods and must protect it against three invading armies.
As you can tell, I love this world, and I’m really excited to finally write (and finish!!) a story set in it!