Wednesday, November 9, 2011

NaNo: Day 9


No names for Mrs. Braddock yet?

Anyway. Was catching up on other people's blogs (this after writing over 1,000 words in an hour in an effort to make Day 8's word goal before the clock struck midnight) and read a short blog on how rules didn't apply to the peerage/ aristocracy of England and another on illegitimate children. Both are pertinent to my WIP.

Because the rules didn't apply--or because they were powerful enough to break them--the nobility were a fairly dissolute bunch. There was a lot of gambling, drinking, scandalous affairs and the like going on. And my MC is a product of that nobility, though he's gone his own route. He can do anything he would like to--and that's not false confidence.

And, of course, there's the oft-repeated maxim of writers that I came across today. It's ridiculously true:

I've said it before but it's worth repeating: If you don't take your writing seriously, no one else will either. 



The great thing about NaNo is that it's a community of writers in it together. It's a great time to find inspiring, kick-in-the-butt posts like this: The Most Important Thing An Aspiring Author Needs To Know. 


Among my favorite, pithy, quotable parts of this post is this one, which feels pretty relevant to me right now: 

 It takes a lot of motivation to make yourself keep going when it feels like no one wants to read your stuff, no one will ever want to read your stuff, and you've wasted your time creating all this stuff. That feeling of hopelessness is part of the process. Practically everyone gets it at one time or another. Most can't handle it.


And to think, I haven't even really entered the deep end of finishing a draft and submitting it. 


3:05 PM: When in doubt (and when needing to make daily word count), switch to minor characters and have them talk about other characters who will figure greatly in future installments of your series. 

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