If you're seeing this you've been put in a list of ten with whom I'm going to share my ideas on the NaNo thing, and eventually the writing itself. Don't you feel special?
You're not being asked to actually read the whole 50k words of the writing. Or, well, any of it! But you can if you want to, and follow along with the process. I do get better at this each year.
See, I've visited the forums. And they just make me sigh and groan. Beside the fact that most of the people who spend time in them seem to be very young and to take themselves very, very seriously, I just don't want to waste my time there, when I could be wasting it here with you. :-) I would like for you to be my sounding board, or cheer squad, or something. If you wish.
Truthfully, I do everything better when I play to an audience. Or at least have people to share stuff with. No matter how much of a loner I might think I am, I'm not a hermit. It's not healthful for people to isolate themselves during certain creative processes, no matter how tempting that is. So I'm going to talk here to you, and share the writing, and as long as you don't share it with anyone else, if it turns out to be one of the ones worth going on with, it won't have publishing trouble.
Two of my previous three NaNo pieces are definitely worth going on with. But I'm doing it again, because I believe this is good honest practice at the novel-writing game. I'm going to set the new story in the same town as last year, and if I feel like it, one or more of those characters might pop in. The story will be focused on Jack, the CD guy from The View From 40. In this story, he's collecting vinyl albums with quirky liner notes on them. He runs a donut shop. He talks a lot, and can be irritatingly pedantic and/or long-winded. He is his own conflict, which suits me, because I don't like it when the conflict has to come from people treating each other badly. I read murder mysteries all the time, but I honestly do not want to write one.
At the moment, I'm mulling over this just being 30 days with Jack and the donut shop, employees and customers. Then each day of November, I'd simply write a day in their lives there. Each day would be based on an album with Stan Cornyn liner notes, even if only abstractly. But I have a couple more weeks to think about this.
I've learned that light planning is necessary, but heavy planning is just a complete buzzkill during NaNoWriMo. I have planned to do some of the writing in a very quirky, moody style, reminiscent of the stream-of-consciousness thing ol' Stan had going with some of his notes. I haven't planned how to fit that in, though.
By the time I finish this post I will have written over 500 words, in around 10-15 minutes' time. This year, after November is over, I plan to continue the daily pace, having just proven how easy it is to knock out nearly a third of the daily word count in the time it takes to take a shower and get ready for bed.