By the time the clock strikes midnight on July 30th, I’ll be finished with the first draft of Grisamore. I am currently sitting at 23,648. My goal is to cross 25,000 by the end of tonight, and 55,000 by the end of June. And then, it’s Camp NaNoWriMo and a month of crazy writing, with a goal of 100,000 by the end.
And then I’m going to set it aside for a couple of months, and start planning out a urban fantasy series that has been rattling around in the back of my head for a couple years. There are five books to plot out, with the possibility of expansion past that. My goal is to be ready to write by the time NaNoWriMo rolls around in November.
In anticipation of this, I took some time today to move some of my old Liquid Story Binder work on this series over to Scrivener. I love LSB, but Scrivener will let me work on all five stories simultaneously. I won’t be writing them all at the same time, but for plotting and planning, that ability is essential.
Writing a series is kind of my biggest writing nightmare. There is so much to keep track of! You need to know how it’s all going to go before you start writing. Yes, things will change later on as you keep writing, of course they will, and then you have to change your overall story to adjust for that change.
I mentioned a few sentences ago that I’m using Scrivener for this project. I’m also using a great template designed to match up with Structuring Your Novel by KM Weiland. KM’s book is a phenominal tool for taking a novel from vague idea to solid outline. I can’t recommend it enough. The template was designed by another writer, and KM was gracious enough to share it on her own site. If you use Scrivener, and want a better way to organize your novel and notes, this template is it.
You can’t see it very well there (sorry!), but those are the pages she has just for the outline, which is only part of the package. Seriously, this is an enormous pack of files. And while you’re at it, you should pick up a copy of the book the template was based on. You’ll thank me for it, I promise.
Today, I am writing. Based on the outline, I am about halfway through, but I accidentally left out a few scenes, and I know that I have to go through and add more to a lot of places. When I write, I tend to get down the ideas, and then expand on them a bit later. I’ll probably be spending most of July filling out the chapters I’ve already written. A bit of pre-editing editing, if you will. By the end of the novel, I have a better idea of who my characters are and what they’re working towards. It makes it a lot easier to go back after that and add in anything I missed.
I love Grisamore. I love the characters, I love the story, and I love the nights I have free to immerse myself into that world. I’m considering a possible sequel, or maybe turning it into a three-part series, if it does well. Grisamore is about the location as much as it is about the characters in this book, and I’d be thrilled to get to explore the past (and maybe future) of this home in more detail. Many stories have unfolded within those walls.
And now, it’s back to writing. Because deadlines. Midnight (and my 25,000 word deadline) is less than eight hours away, and I get easily distracted. Catch you all later!