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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Like many other bloggers, I am participating in this year's National Novel Writing Month for the first time. I thought it would be fun to touch base each week and see how everyone is progressing, as well as cheer each other on!
NaNoWriMo doesn't officially kick off until tomorrow, and we're not allowed to begin writing yet -- but I know there's a lot of plotting and outlining and brainstorming going on! I've been doing lots of research on the fey for the novel I'm planning (I loooove the fey). It's an idea I've had floating around in my head for a while, but it's evolved so much since then that it's hardly recognizable as the original idea! Just last night, I completely changed the arc of the plot -- but I'm really satisfied with where it's going now.
I pretty much know the plot of my novel, but I still have something kind of important to do before the month officially begins: Choose a name for the heroine!
She has silver eyes and blond hair, and is fierce with a sword.
None of the names I've narrowed it down to seem quite right. She's fey, so I wanted something a little different: Aurora, Luz, Luce, Regan, Aspen, Bryony, Dahlia, Branwen, Thalli, Wick, Thalia, Aemilia, Lichen, Aurelia, Ella, Nissa.
Decisions, decisions! What do you think? Do any of those names seem like a good fit? Do you have another suggestion? (Thanks to everyone who made suggestions on Twitter!)
I'm also using Evernote to keep track of my notes and ideas, and MS Word for the writing. I tried out Scrivener and yWriter, but I just don't understand them -- where do you do the actual WRITING within those programs? Maybe I'm just missing something.
A lot of authors have great writing advice out there. Each week I'll share some links to tips I found particularly insightful.
- Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) has an entire site devoted to each step of the writing process, and her advice (like her writing) is spectacular. I highly recommend you take a look at this: http://notforrobots.blogspot.com/
- Natalie Whipple (Transparent) provides some great tips on first drafting and silencing your inner editor that is especially apropos for NaNoWriMo: http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2009/10/tips-for-first-drafting.html
What about you guys -- is this your first year? What genre will you be writing? Where are you in your NaNo prep? What program do you use to write?
Want to be NaNo buddies? Leave me your username or a link to your profile! You can add me at The_BookishType.
If you'd like to do a NaNoWriMonday post of your own, go right ahead! Just come back and link to it in the comments so we can check it out!
PS -- Happy Halloween!