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The Plot Thickens

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

So, during Elle's soccer practice yesterday, I sat in the car and brainstormed some novel ideas. I outlined my main character, decided what she looked like, smelled like, sounded like. Then I decided why she was in this book. What her purpose would be. I think I got a pretty good idea of what it's going to be about. It will definitely be an adventure of some sort. Travel, mystery, intrigue. I shared some of it with Nick last night over the phone. He said it was a good start. But, it's going to be so hard for me to do this! I had the hardest time sharing it with him, and I felt kinda dumb. I'm my own worst critic, so of course I'm already panning it in my head before I even get the idea out of my mouth. This will be a growing process indeed. I brought my notebook to work with me, and I'll be carrying it around everywhere I go, so anytime I get an idea, I can write it down. I'm going to have to find a way to fit in some of my favorite people too.

10/12/2005 08:59:00 AM :: ::
  • It is hard to share stuff if you are afraid that it will not sound right.

    oh and michele sent me

    By Blogger TC, at 10/12/2005 09:19:00 AM


  • Sounds like great fun to do this. Today whilst I was travelling along the motorway I was idly making character names out of signage (including on lorries). Not anagrams, just inspiration.

    Hamilton Air = Hamilton Ayres
    Eddie Stobart = Ed Stott
    McAlpine = Ray McAlpine
    Heathrow = Roger Heath
    Blackwater = Lucy Waters
    Camberley = Amber Lee

    You get the idea. I soon have a cast of characters to then apply some Dickensian logic to define what they do and how they act.

    For example, I already know that Lucy Waters wears black a lot and Ray is an international jet setter. Ed Stott is a truck driver and Hamilton Ayres has spent a lot of time in Scotland. Oops, this is starting to turn into a novel.

    Oh and Michele sent me!


    By Blogger rashbre, at 10/12/2005 09:30:00 AM


  • I carry a notebook with me everywhere...always interpeting and synthesizing the world according to me. Good luck on the novel! Michele sent me.

    PS how about making names out of the comment verification letters. If I were playing scrabble with them, I'd be getting great scores!

    By Anonymous colleen, at 10/12/2005 09:36:00 AM


  • Good idea carrying the notebook. I forget little things sometimes when I don't get a chance to write them down.

    Oh yes, Michele sent me (though I have been past before.)

    By Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator, at 10/12/2005 09:54:00 AM


  • I am thinking of doing this novel writing thing too. EEK! Good luck with the ride!

    Michele sent me.

    By Anonymous nancy, at 10/12/2005 09:57:00 AM


  • Please, please, please be kind to yourself! You're doing something that is very challenging. Good or bad, if you finish it you will have accomplished a tremendous feat. Good luck!

    Oh, and Michele sent me.

    By Blogger Finn, at 10/12/2005 09:57:00 AM


  • Good luck! I am so excited for you. You are a great writer and I know you will do well.

    Michele sent me. Congrats on being site of the day!!

    By Blogger Suburban Turmoil, at 10/12/2005 10:03:00 AM


  • Good luck!! and congrats on being the site of the day!! TTYL

    By Blogger Pieces of Me, at 10/12/2005 10:31:00 AM


  • Hi Interstellar Lass, Michele sent me! It sounds like you're off to a pretty exciting start--seems exciting to me anyway. It's cool to see a few bloggers sharing their observations with us for as they participate in the NaNo.

    By Blogger Arethusa, at 10/12/2005 10:33:00 AM


  • Good luck with the book ISL, it's a great idea.

    Michele sent me today.

    By Blogger Free to Be, at 10/12/2005 10:50:00 AM


  • I'm my own worst critic too, everytime someone says something nice about one of my photographs, I always think a. they're just being nice and b. they're just being nice LOL!

    Hi, Michele sent me :-)

    By Blogger Janet, at 10/12/2005 11:16:00 AM


  • "May your fingers dance a glorious ensemble." -- Paul Raymond Martin


    By Blogger FTS, at 10/12/2005 11:20:00 AM


  • ..... yes, carrying a notebook is GOOD ! Besides it beats writing on your hand. Good luck with the project :)

    Nobody sent me ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/12/2005 11:33:00 AM


  • Sounds like you're off to a thunderous start. I read a Natalie Goldberg book years back titled Writing down the bones that was helpful maintaining focus. Write everyday is one of her suggestions.

    By Blogger mman, at 10/12/2005 11:42:00 AM


  • Congratulations on being Michele's site of the day today. Good luck with the NaNoWriMo project. My daughter has particiapted twice and is doing it again this year. It is quite a challenge but you seem like you will be up to it.

    By Blogger Star, at 10/12/2005 01:06:00 PM


  • Love your site! Michele sent me today. Good luck on your novel, hope you are better than me at finishing thing you start!

    By Blogger jennypenny, at 10/12/2005 01:26:00 PM


  • Wow, very cool! I really wanted to do NaNoWriMo this year, but unfortunately I'll be out of town for 3 weeks of the session and entertaining family for another week. Grrr, not conducive to intensive writing sessions!

    I always wish they could move this so that it's not right around the holidays! Good luck with the writing though--Michele sent me.

    By Anonymous Angela, at 10/12/2005 01:31:00 PM


  • After 25+ years of writing I still find it hard to share my pre-first draft ideas with anyone. I can write; I do not share verbally very well. It comes out as a jumble and sounds prett freaking stupid...I'm surprised no one has patted me on the head and said something like, "There, there, we'll get your medication..."

    NaNo is a terrific exercise in getting the story out of your head and onto (virtual) paper. Have fun with it--and don't let it make you nuts!

    And Hi! Michele sent me! I'll be back, just to hear how the writing is going.

    By Blogger Thumper, at 10/12/2005 01:41:00 PM


  • I have a name and semi-plot out line in my head. Unline most normal people, I can't seem to work from an outline or many drafts when it comes to homework (I've never done the novel thing). I have to sit down, type until my arms ache but I'm finished. Then I sleep on it, start making changes and walla, I'm done. I hope that this strategy serves me well in the NaNoWriMo!

    By Blogger used*to*be*me*, at 10/12/2005 02:26:00 PM


  • Having the initial idea is often the worst part, you've got that now and sounds like you're prepared so good luck!!

    Here via Michele's today!

    By Anonymous Claire, at 10/12/2005 02:35:00 PM


  • Good luck on the book. I've been working on a book of essays for some time now. It may be ready to shop around by this time next year. Writing is hard work.
    Check out a book by Janet Burroway called "Writing Fiction". It's expensive as hell but indispensible if fiction is your thing. I also agree with Mman as well regarding the Goldberg book "Writing Down the Bones". It is fabulous.
    Go for it and don't forget to flip an occasional bird to your incessantly muttering internal censor. He/She will be with you all the way. & You can believe that.
    All the best.


    By Blogger michaelm, at 10/12/2005 04:28:00 PM


  • I'm here from Michele's. Good Luck with the book.

    By Blogger choccycherry, at 10/12/2005 04:45:00 PM


  • Hi! Michele sent me... I wish you the best as the creation of this book idea blossoms!!!

    By Blogger jennyonthespot, at 10/12/2005 05:12:00 PM


  • Yeah, I'm my own worst critic too! Just don't tell yourself what you've written until you're all done!

    Oh, and Michelle didn't send me. Came here all by myself.

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 10/12/2005 05:42:00 PM


  • Michelle who?
    Boy, oh, boy she's popular...


    By Blogger michaelm, at 10/12/2005 06:34:00 PM


  • It is nice to do things we love. Good luck.
    Michelle sent me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/12/2005 07:05:00 PM


  • Good luck!!!

    Btw, Michele sent me!

    By Blogger Trinity13, at 10/12/2005 09:15:00 PM


  • Hi...I don't really know what you are writing about...is it about steak, or chicken, or treats? I love those.

    Michele sent me...


    By Blogger IndyPindy, at 10/12/2005 09:50:00 PM


  • I love that you know what she smells like. I can already tell you'll be giving your charecters full expression. Woo hoo!

    P.S. Here via your comment on Princssis' blog... she's my sis-in-law.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/12/2005 10:54:00 PM


  • Oh, and Michele sent me, too! I just went to see who the current site of the day is and it was you... small world, huh?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/12/2005 10:57:00 PM


  • A notebook is always a good idea. I keep one just to jot down things about my kids. I get so busy that I never remember important things I want to remember!

    By Blogger mommy d, at 10/12/2005 10:57:00 PM


  • Best of luck on your new project. And don't be so hard on yourself! You are smart and funny, and just remember to write what you know about.


    Oh - and no one sent me either.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/13/2005 08:50:00 AM


  • When I started writing a book (and I use the term loosely) 3 yrs ago, I knew I was over the edge when I started writing my ideas in my workout book while at the gym lifting weights. Yes, instead of writing 'leg press, 270# 3 sets of 8' I started naming my characters. ACK!!!

    By Blogger Indigo, at 10/13/2005 09:14:00 AM


  • How neat! Have fun with it :-)

    By Blogger Jen, at 10/13/2005 08:34:00 PM


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