NaNoWriMo2018, Writing Craft

NaNoWriMo Day 0: Tools and Description I am going to use this November

Hello everyone,

Today is 31st October 2018. That means there is one day left for NaNoWriMo. I am excited and I hope you are also feeling the same.

If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, then few words about it. Every year, during the month of November, a competition is organised. The goal here is to finish 50,000 word novel during that time.

I stumbled across it a couple of years ago and didn’t participated it at first. As I got serious about writing, I started to do it. That was two years ago.

I prepared an outline the first time. I enjoyed writing it. For the second year, I registered to a website and used their outline and hated it. It was not mine and was a very tedious process. This year, I used Dan Harmon’s Story Circle to prepare main points in my story.

My main intention was to internalise Story Circle along with writing scenes and sequels. If you don’t know what Dan Harmon’s Story Circle is or what scenes and sequels are, I will let you know in future blog posts as and when I get free time.

But if you want to know more about Story Circle, then there is a free 7 day course out there by Youtuber Rachael Stephen. She calls Story Circle, Plot Embryo. Each day, she sends a mail with a video that was under 10 minutes. She calls it Plot Embryo and explains it so clearly that inspired me to continue NaNoWriMo this year also.

Here is the link where you can register and learn Plot Embryo.

https://mailchi.mp/c77c3c1facd4/plot-on-one-page

You see, after I had finished writing first draft of Fusion, an Urban Fantasy novel, I put it off for a week and went back to edit. Only to hate it.

It was that much worse. The world building was gagging and scenes and sequels were confused puddle. Action was not worth mentioning and I hated my writing so much, yet loved some scenes at the same time. But it was so heart wrenching that I decided not to edit it and try to write a science fiction novel, a Space Opera to be more precise.

But I was weak in descriptions, world building and lots of research was required for it. I wanted to write a Space Opera that was a cross between Ocean’s Eleven and Guardian’s of Galaxy. A group of thieves were tasked to steal a weapon that could save a government and it’s world from a planet that refused to help the government against powerful force. It requires hell lot of work and consumes much time.

It would take most of November, December and even January before I could start writing. I was disheartened that I was not going to participate NaNoWriMo this year. Then I came across writing advice by Isaac Asimov. He was an author of 500 books, can you believe it. He was famous for his Foundation Series as well as Robot Series.

I got so inspired by it, along with Rachael Stephen’s video that I decided to write romance novel that uses sparse world building. I will use Plot Embryo to build major points in the novel, use the concept of Scenes and Sequels from Fantasy Fiction Formula by Deborah Chester to write the novel.

My main focus is to internalise how to write Scenes and Sequels that it will be the way I write by the end of this month. I hope I would achieve it, but I know that it will take more time.

I will not write description in the first draft, even to describe how main characters look. Like when it comes to describe, say like main protagonist, I will add a line like describe main character here and move on.

Once first draft is finished, I will edit the novel for solid structure in both story, scenes and sequel. Once it’s done, then I will edit it for motivations, add details and more descriptions.

I learned it hard way during my time writing Fusion that whatever description I wrote during the first draft was to be deleted or forget somewhere in the next scenes. It requires me to change so much that it was painful. So I thought why not add all of them later, after my first draft was done and I have more grip on the novel?

I hope it will be less painful this time.

Here is the description of the story that I was going to write.

Fake Girlfriend.

Balu was handsome guy in his 30’s changes girlfriends almost every week. He was a control freak and the heir for EyeBooks, a revolutionary company that lets the reader to read their books through the screen of their glasses with simple commands.

He worked hard to take EyeBooks to next level. Being young and earning millions every month had its side effects. He became arrogant.

He  wanted to make EyeBooks dominate the market and it was only possible if he becomes the CEO.

Shyamala was a gorgeous woman in her mid-twenties, who hides her beauty behind glasses and sloppy dress. She works as a programmer in EyeBooks, under Balu. She is single, avoids relationship like it was a deadly disease. She loves freedom

She worked hard on current development and wanted to become the head of research department, to introduce her plans to make it more friendly to users. She wanted EyeBooks to be the product that would be in every house and make more people to read.

Balu’s father, the current CEO and was about to retire in few months, was afraid that Balu was not the CEO that EyeBooks needs. Balu was already the talk of the magazines, which had elaborate stories of his girlfriend changing habits with some truth and many fantasies to it. His father was afraid that by making him CEO, his company would lose it’s value.

Balu put Shyamala’s plans on becoming the head of research department on hold.

Shyamala has a reputation of being the good girl, too good and nice that she became laughing stock among her coworkers. Even Balu mocked her on it sometimes.

Balu has to change his father’s opinion of him and Shyamala has to help him by becoming his fake girlfriend.

If their arrangement comes out, then Balu’s cousin would become the CEO. His cousin was so incompetent that EyeBooks growth would stop, or worse, would go to bankruptcy. Shyamala would lose her job, her parents would marry off to become a home maker, locked inside a house and rob her freedom.

Can they succeed?

Read the book to find out.

What do you think of it? Also, if anyone are participating in NaNoWriMo, then mention in comments and short description of your project this November.

For those who are waiting for Story Circle of Venom, just wait for few more days. I had a busy week and would make sure that I will get to it as soon as I get time.

All the best to all those who are participating in NaNoWriMo.

I would be posting everyday of November, the words I’ve written that day. Please check them out and comment what you thought about it. Whether it was good or not.

Until next time,

Nagendra Kumar Yadav T.

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