26 October, 2013

Pre-NaNo tidings

NaNoWriMo is almost upon us, and I've set about the (laughable) task of planning out what I'll be doing with . . . AND THE BEAST.

How much planning can one do to prep for one of these things? Not much.

You can come up with a rough sketch of what you want for your chapters, but that can change once the writing starts. The characters are a little static -- you can only work out who's going to be your main characters, and even then that's a little iffy. You may add or detract characters at will when you find one isn't working, or one extra's needed to move the plot forward.

This'll be fun, though. I didn't have the blog up last year when I put UNCERTAIN HEIRS together, so this will be a great opportunity for me to share my creative process with people as I go. I hope you understand that I'll only get the groundwork for . . . AND THE BEAST during November -- I'll be going back to UNCERTAIN HEIRS after that to finish the third draft. But don't worry, I'll complete it as my next novel.

Anyway, I probably won't update much during November, but I'm sure you understand why. :) And just a friendly reminder, you can sponsor me for NaNo by clicking this link and donating $1, $2, or however much you want to spare in support of the Office of Letters and Light.

Catch you all in a month!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my... November is a crazy month for this reason. Kudos to anyone who can stick with it and write a novel in one month!

    Thanks for the Writer's Digest link, too. I actually checked this back early summer, but hadn't revisited. I'll definitely query the new agents :)



Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.

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.