All right, so here we go:
As of the end of yesterday, I have 12,710 words for Camp NaNo. The last thousand or fifteen hundred words have nothing to do with the first ten thousand. Here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
Ten years ago, I wrote a short story and published it to LiveJournal. A few of my friends thought that it was the first chapter of a novel and told me that they were looking forward to the next chapter. I told them that there wasn’t one, that it was a standalone story and there was nothing more. They insisted, so I thought that maybe it was worth a shot. So I tried, and I discovered that I had been right all along. Nevertheless, I kept all the pieces, and have used some of them in other stories.
Anyway, when I was planning the NaNo story for this time, I went back through my folder of failed attempts, found the pieces of the story, and thought that I might be able to resurrect it. In the spirit of NaNo, I started over again fresh, but with the same ideas and the same characters, and wrote an outline and everything. By Monday of this week, I had 10,557 words and again reached the conclusion that I should have stuck with the short version.
As I mentioned last week, Mary has been after me to write the stories of my childhood, most of which are very funny. So, I abandoned the novel that I had been writing and am now writing the stories of my childhood. (I kept what I had, though. You never know, it might come in handy.) I probably won’t have fifty thousand words by next Friday, but I’m having more fun with the new direction.
I got Brad Schreiber’s book, What are You Laughing At?: How to Write Funny Screenplays, Stories, and More, because I felt a need to refresh my humor-writing skills. I’m about a third of the way through it. I haven’t gotten back to Libby Hellmann’s book or the associated analysis; Robert Crais’ publisher put his most recent e-books on sale, and I hadn’t read Taken, so I got that one and have been reading it.
I’m still being my usual anti-social self, though I am visiting the blogs of other ROWers when they have updates and have been visiting Twitter a little more frequently. I have to limit the time I spend on Facebook, however. That has become a serious time-sink again.
So that’s the story this week. I’ll visit as many of the rest of you as I can.