Padded White Walls for One

I am not what you’d call a Pantser. No, I’m the girl who plans out her free time. Yeah – that girl. I’m a plotter at heart. A Plotterhead – if you will.

However, when I signed up for JuNoWriMo which takes place in the month I have dubbed ‘My Insanity Month’, I realized three things:

1) I would have next to no time to actually plot a novel idea in advance. I may or may not have – ah-hem – procrastinated – ah-hem. Perhaps just a touch.

2) I would have even less time to actually write 50,000 words.

3) I am insane. That, or an addict hooked on being chronically busy.

Now that we’ve cleared that up let’s move on, shall we?

With a vague idea and an obsessive need to fill every minute up with the things I love, I joined.

Where the Magic happens!

The vague idea:

Back in December, reeling from the insanity that was NaNoWriMo (I won BTW so it was worth it!) I developed an itch to write fantasy. One cold night as I lay in bed unsure if it was the wee hours in the morning or 7:00pm,

(Yes it gets mighty dark, mighty early up here in the Great White North during winter. There’s been more than one occasion where I’m ready for bed only to find out it’s 5:30pm. But I digress.)

I started to develop a new novel idea. I say ‘develop’ but it was more like a kernel of popcorn popping up out of nowhere. Unable to shake the internal dialogue my new characters was reciting, I leapt from my bed (seriously) and headed straight for my writing desk and began transcribing her tale. She told me her name – Eudora – and that she was caught in the midst of an epic journey. I wrote feverishly into the night, stopping only when my husband announced he was off to bed. (Yes it was much earlier than I thought. Damn tricksy winter!) When I snuggled back into bed I was quite satisfied that I had the beginnings of my first fantasy novel.

What I came to realize over the course of the next few days was that Eudora turned up to tell her story not at the beginning of her adventure – nope – she waltzed in right smack in the middle. And not just the middle of book one – oh no – the middle of book two!

Good grief.

I let her continue on for some time, thinking it rude to cut her off mid-story. She went on and on till February before growing strangely quiet. I suspect she’s been hibernating. During this downtime I realized that I needed to gain some insight into her past. Eudora’s been hinting at epic battles, budding romances and long lost family members for some time but not really giving up the goods.

Until now that is!

I’ll be digging deep into Eudora’s past and writing that all important first book. No more beating about the bush, young lady! Time to confess your secrets!

I’m somewhat stricken with mind numbing panic confident that I can do this. I’ll just shut up and let her tell her tale. She enjoys rambling on anyway 🙂

Other than that I have no idea what it’s about. I’m free falling here people!

May the Writing Gods be ever in my favor.

Have you signed up for JuNoWriMo? Are you a Pantser or a Plotter?

16 thoughts on “Padded White Walls for One

  1. It’s so lovely to read about the novels that inhabit other writers’ minds! I’m editing my fantasy right now and loving it! Good luck with your writing…may it continue to make you leap out of bed at unearthly hours!

  2. I can’t wait to hear how it goes. I signed up for the August #CampNaNoWriMo, my first ever NaNoWriMo attempt. I’ll be working on my mystery novel and right now all I have is the prologue, the setting, and a few characters. EEeep! But want to finish the first draft of my romance first. Tomorrow I tackle it…no blog reading until I’ve written at least 500 but hopefully 1000 words.

  3. I confess: Eudora’s story got me intrigued. Do hint some more! 😀 I have written something a couple of years back but stopped in the middle of writing because, well, life happened. Lol. Good luck on your novel! 🙂 I’m sure the writing gods will be on your side, yes.

  4. Good grief. I found my wordpress acct wasn’t following you. This is a sin against humanity since you rock with awesome out of your pores. You, my dear, can do this. I believe in you and look forward to reading all of your books.

    1. Once again you are a ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day! Thanks for the lovely encouragement and for following my blog! Phew, sin against humanity avoided 🙂

  5. What? Not a pantser? Good luck woman. I know your plotter-self will do just fine. Subconsciously you have probably incubated the entire story and are now ready to let it out. Glad to be participating with you on this. I know you will make magic.

    I will be running naked through my story, as per the usual. 🙂

  6. Angie, I love the new site. It looks…cleaner, somehow. Well done. I’d also like to wish you much success on the project this month. Even attempting it is an accomplishment unto itself. Write on sister.

  7. Yaaaaay! Another NoInkling on WordPress! I am so excited. So excited!

    Good luck with JuNoWriMo — I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year and trying to finish up my new superhero novel whilst going through Story Engineering, The Art of War For Writers, and the Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. I will either end up with something brilliant or something beaten to a bloody pulp. We shall see!

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