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Of Writing and Plans

I’m taking some time right now to work on planning and structuring for my current works in progress, but also to mull over my long-term writing goals. I find I sometimes get bogged down in the details and distracted by other books and plans and lose sight of my vision for my little fictional town I’m creating. I love this town, and can’t wait to write more about it. I’m going to self-publish, because I want to be able to do whatever I want with my town. I want to write novels, novellas, short stories, micro fiction, and assorted character and setting descriptions. I want to be able to share whatever I want, and have a lot of it available for free online. I think one of my favorite things to write will be vignettes. I was trying to determine what to call these short narratives, because I didn’t think it was enough of a story, per se, to be micro fiction. Then I read this description on Wikipedia:

…a vignette is a short impressionistic scene that focuses on one moment or character and gives a trenchant impression about that character, an idea, setting, and/or object. It’s a short, descriptive passage that’s more about evoking meaning through imagery than it is about plot.

That sounds exactly like what I’ve had in mind. I’ve been thinking for a while about doing a series of what I now know to be vignettes portraying various characters arriving in my town. The first one has been an image in my mind for months, and I finally put it to words last month during Camp NaNoWriMo. It features Rose, a recurring character in my stories and the owner of the local yarn shop. I’ll probably write her story eventually, but meanwhile, she will have a role as a minor character or cameo appearance in many of the other stories.

The keys jangled as the door was unlocked. The man pushed the door open and moved aside. “Here you are. Take a look around. I’ll be waiting out here if you have any questions.”
“Thank you.” Rose stepped inside, breathing in every aspect of the room. Sunlight streamed in the side window, lighting aglow countless particles in the air, illuminating the shelves running through the room. She gently stepped into the golden light, afraid to break the spell the room laid upon her. It was a simple shop, but it held many hopes and dreams. Rose brushed a finger along the nearest shelf, reveling even in the very dust of the place. This was it. She knew it was all going to work out. She could imagine the baskets of yarn placed around the room, the spindle sitting right in that corner, in front of an exquisite chair, drawing her in. Yes, she would weave and spin her dreams into this shop. Everything was perfect. She walked back out onto the porch.
“I’ll take it.”

Once I have more written, I’m going to make a page on the site for the vignettes, and post short stories and micro fiction as they’re written. I’ll probably get my novella mostly finished first though. My current plan is to finish reading Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, then use the workbooks to outline and structure my novella over May and June, in the midst of moving. Then by Camp NaNoWriMo in July, hopefully I’ll be ready and can finish writing the story. The workbooks are going to be a big help!  I’m going to try getting a 3-ring binder and loose-leaf paper for answering all the questions and put together a story binder. I’m looking forward to putting that together! I also want to make a binder all about the town, and fill it with inspiration, ideas, sketches, and vignettes. I’m also looking forward to getting to know Rose and her yarn shop better!