||[Nov. 3rd, 2004|11:00 pm]
NaNoWriMo Support Group
Because I'm slow on the uptake, I didn't do the survey thingy when it was posted. So, here it is, and hi to all you NaNo folks. :) Happy writing!|
Region: Southwest US
Your Sordid Past
Have you done NaNo in the past? If so, what year(s)? 2003.
Did you win? Not by a long shot. :)
How you found out about NaNo? nanolyssa and the Sisters in Steam, last year. (I didn't write steampunk, though, I wrote about 10,000 words of a very poor fantasy novel.)
What sort of writing background to you have? I've taken a beginner and an advanced novel-writing creative writing class, plus my Undergrad degree required a lot of liberal arts classes so I've written about a thousand papers.
What are you hoping to get out of NaNo 2004?
Do you plan to regiment your writing time and plan it out and stuff?
Are your friends/family members aware of your insanity plans to do NaNo?
If so, are they supportive?
Do you know what you're going to write about? (if not, the rest don't really apply)
Sort've. I have the start of a story, but it needs major fleshing out.
Have you done any prewriting/plotwork/character work?
Yes, but not for the novel that I've actually started. I did some prewriting for a YA novel about clones who escape from the company that's manufacturing them (as spare parts for black-market organ sales), and go on the run in search of help. The idea was that they'd locate the people who'd unwittingly donated their DNA, it'd be an analogy for kids having parent issues, etc etc. Yeah. I'm not actually writing that novel, so I'm basically starting from scratch.
Do you know who your main character(s) will be?
Right now, she's named Carrie, but I'm thinking of changing it to Kate. Her little sister, Isobel, is a major force in the story, but I'm not sure we're ever gonna meet her because I'm not entirely sure that she's still alive when the story starts. Carrie (Kate?) is a Grad Student, probably in her first year, and she's the 'smart one' as compared to Isobel's 'rebellious one.' They were raised by their dad (not sure what happened to the mom yet, I'm thinking she's dead or ran out on them).
There will also be at least one character who's a werewolf. And potentially some other creepy-crawlies. See plot.
What about plot? Have you looked into getting yourself one of those?
Before I start, I want you guys to know that I know this's cheesy. I'm not writing it because I think it's publishable, I'm writing it because a) I like this kind of fluff, ashamed as I am to admit it and b) I've started a couple other novels (with better premises) and never finished. I want to actually finish something, then maybe I can carry over the momentum.
Anyway, I hope it's fun guilty pleasure cheese, the kind one finds in campy horror films. (Actually, the An American Werewolf in... films were my inspiration for this. I watched too much horror over Halloween weekend.)
Okay, so here's the story:
Isobel, a high-school aged girl, steals her dad's credit card, some cash, and runs away. The sneaking out/disappearing for a day or so isn't new, but this time she doesn't come back. Her dad has the credit card charges traced, and they lead to a small town in Texas, then stop. The dad freaks out, but he can't go after his youngest kid because he's in the middle of a big work project, and the cops say that they're on the lookout for her. The dad can't let it go, though, so he calls his older daughter and asks her to go look for the little sister.
Carrie (Kate?) agrees, not because she and Isobel are close, but because a) she loves her father and b) Isobel may be a brat, but she's still family. Carrie rents a car, drives down, and starts fishing around for clues as to where Isobel went.
Thing is, no one seems to know much. The people at the hotel where she charged a room claim they've never seen her, it's all very creepy and 'better not ask too many questions, missy.' If you've seen An American Werewolf in London, it's like the part at the beginning at the pub, where the two guys start asking about the pentacle on the wall. People either don't know (most of the townsfolk), or don't want to talk about it (people who should've had contact with Isobel, but claim they've never seen her or didn't charge the card).
Carrie's break is that she runs into someone who knows something. I'm still trying to decide if they volunteer information, or if she coerces them into helping her. I haven't decided if the person is male or female, and if they're human or something else.
From there it gets even more sketchy. I don't think anything good happened to Isobel, but I'm not sure if she was lured away with the intent of killing her, if she was lured away by some boyfriend and happened across something bad in the small town, or if she was lured away for a third reason that had nothing to do with killing her.
Actually, I'd toyed with the idea of having Isobel be illegitimate, though no one would know that at the start of the book. Carrie/Isobel's mom had an affair, Isobel's the product, and now whoever the father was is involved in whatever happened to her. I know that's really Soap Opera, but eh.
I dunno if I'm sold on werewolves, actually. I'm not really a vampire kind of girl, though. I suppose I could just stick to writing humans for once.
And I hear settings are pretty popular in novels these days. Your thoughts?
Small backwater in east Texas to start (Carrie will hate it there), somewhere near Nacogdoches. If you've seen Bubba Ho-Tep, well, that's set in Nacogdoches. Lots of trees out there, very rural, good place for a werewolf pack to be hanging out. The latter part of the novel may take place in a bigger city, like Houston.
More Technical Stuffs
Do you have any areas of expertise you're willing to answer questions about? Sort of like how NaNoWriMo has a realism forum on there: If people have questions about something you might know about, they can ask you first.
Erm. Astronaut training, NASA, Arthurian Legend, I know a little about animals and a little about SciFi.
Are you using anything exotic for your writing?
Not really. Just a laptop. I'm boring. :)
Are you doing anything interesting to share the novel with the world?
It's being posted on joyful_galaxy as I finish sections. I've posted a false start and a re-start, but I'm gonna stop posting every night and start posting only when I finish chapters, I think. The entries will be locked friends-only -- not because I think the writing's good enough to 'protect' or anything, but because I'm weird about letting people read unedited stuff (and this novel will be mostly unedited). I want people to know the work might need revising before they start to read. If you want to read it and you're not on the Friends list, comment here and I'll add you?