NaNoWriMo: Preparation Meme

23 Oct

I found a couple of NaNo related memes on LJ last year, and instead of writing a long, rambly blog about what my plans and plots for 2011 are, I figure filling this little form out will be much more informative. I highly recommend it, fellow NaNoers. If you decide to post it somewhere, leave a link in the comments – I’d love to see what everyone else is working on this year ūüôā


Working Title: The Undertaker Chronicles Book I: Necromancer / Book II: Collector
Genre: Urban fantasy horror
Projected Word Count: probably 80 to 100k for each book, but I’m only aiming for 100k for NaNo. I’ve already started writing Necromancer, and am about 3k in.

Have an outline?¬†Yes. Collector still needs an outline, but it’s on my To-Do list before the 1st.
Scene-by-scene? Yes РI work better in scenes
Know how it starts?¬†Yes for both – Necromancer has a scene under its belt, and I’ve known how Collector was going to start since I figured out the end of Necromancer.
Know how it ends? Yes, for both of them. Bearing in mind that Undertaker as a series has at least six books in proto-planning, the beginnings and ends of all the books are mostly formed.
Have your climax in order?¬†Necromancer is sorted. I know some things about the climax of Collector, but I’m still figuring out the details.
Know your main characters yet?¬†Yes. My main characters are the same for the entire series, and I’ve been getting to know them for the last few months.
Plan to draw on your own experiences? In a few places. My MC just finished her PHD and is at a loss for how to fit into the world, which I experienced (am still experiencing really) in my post-BA life.

Funny?¬†I’d use the word witty rather than funny. My MC’s usual reaction to danger is very Buffy-esque: snark and destroy.
Serious?¬†Yes – fantasy often involves Fate of the World at Stake, so there’ll be serious moments, especially as the series progresses. Collector is going to be MUCH more serious than Necromancer from what I have in mind.
Sad?¬†In places, but not overarchingly so, at least that’s not what I have in mind at the moment.
Semi-Autobiographical? Nope. I am not a necromancer, or any other kind of magic user or reluctant hero.
Based on another story?¬†Not really. I’ve toyed with a couple of short stories in the same setting. The setting is similar to the one used in my ’09 NaNo, but different enough for a complete new universe.

A paper journal? Yes. Several actually, full of near-intelligible freehand notes and ideas
Multicolored pens? Not for structural purposes, just because I have those at my desk at work and sometimes inspiration strikes on the clock
A computer? Yes РI keep my outlines and initial notes on computer, as I type faster than I write by a longshot.
Index cards? Nope
Bulleted lists? For plot outlines and character development
Plot Charts? I don’t know what that is…
Character Charts? Little ones, just to keep track of everyone.
Character formulas?¬†I don’t know what that is, so no
Favorite writing resource?: I love the internet in general as a research tool. Other than that just having people to chatter with on the NaNo website when I’m in a funk is infinitely helpful, and not just in November. Half my twitter friends are NaNoers, and they’re always up for a writing chat.

A line you would like to use: “You have your head so far up your self-righteous knightly ass you can’t see that your family – hell, the entire world – is in danger, and it has nothing to do with me!” Also: “NecroMANCER. Necrophiles are completely different and a lot less icky, and even though the two aren’t mutually exclusive, the ick factor is extremely high.”
A scene you would like to include: Both books will likely involve scenes of arguments around the family dinner table. These are always amusing.
A concept you would like to explore: Finding a place to fit in when you live in a small town that judges you because of who you are. The problems with religious bigotry. Bisexual characters.
A clich√© you would like to avoid: Anything deus-ex. General fantasy cliches. Nothing fancy. The thing about genre writing is not to avoid the cliche but to find a way to make it your own in such a way that it’s fresh and amusing.
A character you would like to use:¬†I have lots of them planned out, but I definitely want to do more with my MC’s siblings. The bartender should be fun too.

Do you expect to be able to complete it?¬†I expect to complete Necromancer for sure. Collector may take a little longer, but it’ll be started.
Do you intend to complete it? Of course. And write another couple of sequels to boot.
Would you ever try to publish it?¬†That’s the overarching plan.
What do you expect to get out of this month of frantic writing? A proto-first draft or two to spend the first half of 2012 re-drafting and tweaking for publishing, a bunch of sleepless nights and fun times with writing buddies, and the joy of writing something new again.


A week and two days to NaNo. Definitely getting excited.




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