>The Birth Of My NaNo Story
Okay, scheduling some posts before I get back to writing. Before I do that, I have to say something about NaNo.
Sure, so far, it hasn’t been as terrible as I thought it was going to be. I’ve found that if I stick relatively close to the routine I’ve mapped out for myself, I do okay. No more HGTV, though!
Also, regarding saying no to tv, the NaNo-quest is helping me do something that is very difficult for me-saying ‘no’ – to all sorts of things.
I’m learning to say no to television, movies, blogging (which reached an unhealthy point a couple months ago-I was spending way too many hours everyday blogging instead of spending time with my husband, my family, doing homework, etc.), people, internet meandering, and a few other things. Most of these things I just need to learn to do in moderation. Others I need to learn to say no to without all the guilt that I either heap upon myself or is dished out by others.
And I’m learning who is truly supportive of my dream of writing a book and getting published. What a feeling it is to learn that there are people who really believe in you! So, I’m loving NaNo for reasons other than getting something written.
Now, for the something being written. One blogger I visited today asked us to reveal a secret. I almost told this one and decided it could be a blog post. It’s about my NaNo story….
Have you ever seen the movie The Illusionist? The one with Edward Norton? If not, click off the computer and go find it or rent it. It’s that good. In fact, it’s just under Kingdom of Heaven and Gladiator for me. I digress….
When I saw the movie, I fell in love, in a way, with Norton’s character – Eisenheim. His love for Sophie (I had forgotten that was her name-it’s the name of the daughter in my story!), his determination juxtaposed with his melancholy…he, to me, was just a beautiful character. And I loved the
look of him. He appeared professional, able to handle things, yet gentle and kind, trustworthy.
Soft spoken but not to be underestimated. Unflinching but not cruel. Clever and masterful…
And my husband-character was created. Like Athena, he sprang full
grown from my imagination. As soon as he became sentient, my MC, his wife, was born. The daughter-character was only born this week.
From there, the story developed….a little bit. I had the ending from the get-go, but nothing else. So, I put it on a shelf in my mind and left it there for over three years.
NaNo required me to dust it off and see what I could make of it. Lydia Kang and Laura Diamond, in answering a few questions, and William, in letting me bounce ideas off him, helped the story to take shape and direction and the plot was born. I pretty much have the whole shebang now. And just today I learned that my MC loves chant music-primarily Gregorian….news to me!
So, that’s the where and how of my NaNo story. Care to share yours?