Okay, so I’ve been shocked at how much attention my NaNoWriMo calendar has gotten but I’m glad people are enjoying it. I’ve set it as the background on my own laptop, as one poster said he was going to do with it.
Last night I submitted my entry for the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. I wanted to let go of it before I started NaNoWriMo. To be honest, I was utterly sick of it and ready to be done. I’ve been editing it and nitpicking for the last two months, but it taught me a lot. I think one of the failings in my writing has been my lack of follow through in editing to that degree. I’ve written some good things and I’ve had some good ideas, but to really create something someone is going to want to publish, you have to be willing to go the distance with the editing. I did that and let the story go. We’ll see how it does in the competition but I’m not going to hold my breath, I’m on to the next thing.
This month is all about creating without editing. I’m about 2,300 words in and so far it isn’t really flowing, it doesn’t feel inspired. I have an outline so I’m working with that but trying to remain flexible. I’m working on a re-imagining of my Biomalware story. I have two story summaries that are guiding the idea.
“As genetically modified crops take over and biodiversity dwindles, a menacing reality looms. For half the world’s population these crops aren’t food at all. They are… Biomalware.”
The other guiding idea is more human centered.
“When Sam’s two-year old daughter, Maddie, becomes sick he must find answers before it’s too late, but can he succeed when the opposition is a huge corporation with the full weight of the U.S. government at it’s disposal?”
Of course, these are just ideas and the story is changing along the way and as I learn more about the topic. It’s science fiction but also a medical thriller and, of course, there’s a bit of a romance in there too.
And – to kick off NaNoWriMo on the right foot, I received my rejection e-mail from the Sustainable Arts Foundation today. *sigh* I suppose it doesn’t mean much one way or another – they received over 1,500 applications and only give out half a dozen, with giving concentrated in the San Francisco area. It was a long shot but I’m glad I did it. I might try again next time.
Right now I’m licking my wounds and trying to concentrate on NaNoWriMo. I believe I have a good idea and a good outline if the writing can live up to it. That comes in time, though. Right now it’s all about getting the words on the page.
It was definitely heartening to have EIGHT people at the kick-off write-in at my library. That’s the best turn out I’ve ever had for a write-in. It was inspiring to look at so many people sitting there just creating.
Happy writing everybody!