It’s the first day of National Novel Writing Month, and like so many other writers I’ve been rarin’ to go.
Stockpiling time on a daily basis is going to be key for me this year. Because I know there will be days in November where writing will be damn near impossible (aka Thanksgiving), I’m attempting to write at least 2,000 words per day, instead of just 1,667. That way, I’m setting myself up to be able to finish 50,000 words in 25 days, instead of 30. That should, in theory, allow me five days where I don’t have to worry about my word count.
This means, though, that I’ll need to be writing not just at home, but outside it as well.
When I’m at work, I’m guaranteed at least 30min-1hr for lunch to myself. When I’m at home, there’s no peace for me to write until my two daughters are in bed (and quite possibly my husband too, because he’s just as big a distraction as they are whenever I am in a mood to write and he knows it). If I take the bus instead of the train to work in the morning and afternoon, I can pick up an extra 40 min of writing between the two commutes.
We’ll see today if this allows me to make my word count easily, or if I’ll have to squirrel away more time somewhere…
As for the subject of my novel this year, I’ve decided that I’m not burned out on Batman-related fanfiction yet. I’ve also been inspired, in part, by my own feelings towards the current DCnU reboot. I played around with some ideas over the summer, but now I’m going to be bringing them to life. I’ve decided to create my own version of a rebooted DC universe, specifically focusing in on the Gotham City clan of heroes.
Thus far, these are the only things I’m absolutely certain of concerning my story at this point:
- Rather than rewrite the Batman mythos from year one, this novel is focused primarily on Dick Grayson and how he became Robin. Bruce Wayne’s own backstory will be revealed throughout as a side-story interwoven in the main tale.
- Unlike the “soft reboot” DC is trying to sell people on for their “New 52”, this story is a total reboot, set in a completely different Earth. If I had to classify it, I’d consider this an “Elseworlds” story. Staying away from putting it on Earth-#whatever.
- Tim Drake will also be introduced in this story. He and his family have a far more significant presence in Bruce Wayne’s life than in canon.
- The main antagonist in this story will be Black Mask.
If anyone has any questions or comments about my NaNoWriMo project this year, please feel free and ask away. If it’s something I can answer, I will.
Who knows. I may help me with future plot development, which I always appreciate.
End of Day 1 Word Count: 2,152
So far, so good. Figured out tonight that, in order to reach my word count writing by hand, I’ll need to fill at least 5-6 pages of my notebook (back and front) every day.