So... here it is November 3rd and I haven't started my NaNoWriMo novel, yet. Sigh. Part of my excuse is that I was out of town last weekend, so I missed the start... the other part of my excuse is that I've decided to switch gears and put 1954 on hold (rather than doing it for NaNo, as planned).
There are a number of reasons:
One is that I'm still plugging away on the werewolf story (hovering around 68,000 words and editing) but it's not finished, so I've got all this Victorian trivia floating around in my head and as much as it may not seem it, writing a story set in 1954 is just as challenging as writing a story set in 1889. Fifty years ago is still a different world for me. People talked differently, listened to different music, ate different foods and even thought differently than we do today. Pop culture was different--so was technology.
Reason Number Two is that the Victorian werewolf story is really, really, really emotionally intense for me right now. I get pretty wrapped up in my characters' emotions and all three of the boys in that one are blood angsty. (Remember how I said they were their own worst enemies?) On the upside, I do have the last of the little details settled, so hopefully finishing it won't be too difficult. 1954 is also a very emotional story; one of the boys is angsty, the other isn't, but the era is in some ways more scary for gay men than the 1800's. There was greater public awareness of the "evils" of the homosexual male, it seems.
Reason Number Three (and possibly the biggest reason) for holding off on 1954 is that the point of NaNoWriMo is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. I suspect that the story of 1954 is going to take more than 50,000 words to tell--probably double that. I'd like to start a project that I can actually finish at least the rough draft of by the end of the month (possible jury duty not withstanding.)
So what will I be working on for NaNoWriMo?
Over Hallowe'en weekend--a wonderfully spiritual weekend that I spent it in Ohio participating in a Shamanism workshop that was put on by the Church of Earth Healing--the Muses graced me with a new story idea (actually, They put two ideas in my head, but one is more fully formed than the other and likely it's going to be a shorter story, something I can write in 50,000 - 60,000 words.) The idea came in something of an early morning flash and has absolutely nothing to do with the work itself. In fact, it's the first purely 'mundane' story I've had filter into my head in... hmmm.... possibly ever. This is one with absolutely no fantasy/paranormal or sci-fi element at all. Who woulda thought?
The story set in modern Boston, Mass, a city I've never been to, so I may need to do a little research, but it won't be like digging up facts about places from fifty or a hundred years ago. The premise is a "simple" romance--that is, there isn't going to be any real background story, it is strictly about two men meeting and falling in love... with a couple of bumps along the way, one of the boys is a total closet case with an ex wife and kids to boot. Ok, so maybe 'simple' isn't quite the right word. But the idea is that the main focus will be on boy meets boy, although of course there will be other story elements, just not dramatic ones like in the werewolf story.
I've ordered a couple of CD's for writing music and I'm hoping they arrive soon (every story has its own soundtrack). So... now I suppose I need to get writing. After I let the dog out. I'm getting that look.... :-)
Happy writing to everybody participating in NaNoWriMo this year--and if you haven't signed up yet, it's really not too late to get in on the fun!