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!


Updates and Challenges!

I'm afraid I've slacked off on my writing this year, due to life and health and now preparing for another (mostly local) move. But it's almost April, which means…
I haven't done much planning yet. For Camp, you get to set your own word count, from 10,000 words up, and you can write whatever you want, not just a novel. I'm going with 10,000 because of everything else going on next month, and I'm splitting the word count between multiple projects. I want to work on a novel, a short story or novella, blog posts, book reviews, maybe some flash fiction, and some other projects I have going. Hopefully that will make it easier to achieve my word count, because I can work on whatever project sounds good at the time. Or maybe it will make it harder to be focused enough to write that much. I'll find out soon!

Even if my writing hasn't gotten much attention, I haven't been slacking on reading! I'm still working on K.M. Weiland's 100 Books in 2016 challenge, plus I'm doing a reading challenge from our library district. I've read 34 books so far, so I'm well ahead of schedule! I'm assuming my reading will take a hit in the midst of packing and moving, so hopefully I'll get enough ahead to make up for that.

At least one book review should be coming next week, and hopefully more soon. I have plenty of spots in my Camp NaNoWriMo cabin if anyone wants to be added. Just create your Camp project and give me your screen name and I can add you!


NaNoWriMo Day 2!

Day 2 of NaNoWriMo and I’m playing catch-up. I woke up yesterday with what felt like the flu, so my plans for fitting in writing spurts went out the window. I managed to get out 268 words out of desperation. I couldn’t think straight, but I also couldn’t not write anything, so I got out the very beginning at least.

Today, I’ve felt better, but still pretty sick. I’ve been really going at the writing though, in between chasing kids. I ended up with a word count of 3030. Not quite as much as I had hoped, but still decent and better than expected. Hopefully I can catch up tomorrow!

I’m using Scharffen Berger chocolate pieces as writing incentives. I get a couple of piece after every 500 words. Each piece is about the size of two chocolate chips, so it’s a nice taste, but not too much.