15 November, 2015

Hi. I'm Ash, and I'm a NaNo-holic

I made it . . . 4 days into November before I relapsed and fell off the wagon.

I'm doing NaNoWriMo, writing the sequel to Tragedy of Ice. My original outline for Comedy of Rain wasn't very actiony. It had me worried. It's definitely different in regards to the pacing that Tragedy of Ice has. But I've had some things surprise me. A fight scene I didn't originally plan. A subplot with the other colonists that I didn't expect (I'm looking at you now, Suresh).

Kadiza's in a mostly good place this time (until people start screwing things up for her). Franklin is questioning everything (because he has no idea where he stands anymore). HipĆ³lito has secrets—and a POV—for once (and he's going to snap if people keep after him the way they are).

As of last night, I have 33,749 words written. I'm only on chapter 7 of a planned 36 (prologue and epilogue included in that count). I'm sure most everything in the first few chapters is unnecessary NaNo wordiness (who am I kidding, it's all wordiness – I read a sentence I wrote last night that's 26 words, and it should only be 5), so once Comedy of Rain is confirmed as a NaNo winner, I'm going to go back and cut the superfluous writing to get a better balance.

The real follow-up problem I'm going to have with Comedy of Rain is figuring out how much recap of Tragedy of Ice needs to actually be there. There are obviously strong references to events that took place in the first book, so those will have to stay to make sense, but then there's so much of it I included as infodump (because it was easy) that will have to go because it's inflated the opening chapters unnecessarily.

Oh, well, back to the grind. The sooner I get the 50,0000 words, the sooner I can get back to the other many things on my to-do list.

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Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of No Signal, Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.