Head Colds & NaNoWriMo

Usually I write posts on writing on Mondays, but I have a couple things to address so the post on writing will be swapped with personal musings this week.

Onto the things…

No. 1 – My apologies for the random hiatus! I had an ovarian cyst burst followed by a massive head cold/sinus infection thing. No worries! I’m fine. 🙂 Still got a couple sniffles, but I’m feeling good and am excited to return to y’all!

No. 2 – NaNoWriMo Update!

Despite my body not working with me, I still managed to crank out words for the WIP each day. You can thank the meds I was on… insomnia was a side effect. Then yesterday happened.

Yesterday, I sat down at Starbucks for the first time since November 1st and fell into the zone. I came out a few hours later having met 20k words (started the day at 13k). Returned to the MS after dinner and knocked out another few thousand. I guess my brain had stockpiled all the words while I was sick, so when I felt better, it just sling shot them onto the page. *shrug* I am okay with this.

But coming up on the “midpoint” of the NaNo word count goal, I had the horrifying realization that I’ve [barely] dug into the story. Don’t get me wrong I’ve written a lot of scenes that are pivotal to plot and character development, but I’m looking at my outline, seeing everything that has YET to be written along with my notes of additional things that need to happen and I’m feeling like Frankenstein.

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You see, I’m currently working on book 3 of a 5-book series for this year’s NaNoWriMo. It is the midpoint of the overarching plot, which means there’s a lot of things to tie up as well as groundwork that needs to be laid. Also, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I’ve structured the series similar to the Avengers’ movie franchise. (Book 1 is Ironman, Book 2 is Captain America, etc.) Each book has its own protagonist who goes through her own character development, but pieces from each book advances the overarching plot until the big hoopla in book 5.

For those of you who’ve read the Lunar Chronicles, it’s structured like that, but with singular, first-person POV’s and without the fairy tale retelling bits.

Anyhoo, on top of the challenges of writing the middle book of a series, I’m dealing with a snarky character who can manipulate time and space. In order to properly develop the characters and attend to the plot and story necessities, I had to cut the book into three portions: Part One, Part Two, and The Fall Out.

Part One is all the character development and relationship building fun and games for Meredith. She gets into some serious trouble, but most of it is “real world” problems. Part One ends with worlds colliding and character deaths (Cue maniacal laughter), which paves the way for “fantastical” problems in Part Two. But because I’m introducing a whole new protagonist, certain scenes with her abilities have to take place in Part One in order for y’all to accept her competency in Part Two.

Also, Time and Space manipulation is really difficult to make tangible. Water in book 1 was so much easier because it has a molecular structure to use as a jumping off point. Time and Space? I feel like I’m in limbo between awesome and cliché. All the time. Now I know why The Doctor has the TARDIS.


My saving grace is one of my other characters is a descendent of Sif (Nordic Earth God, sometimes depicted as Thor’s wife, all around mythical badass), so many jokes to be had.

For more info on my NaNo WIP, read the intro post here. If you’re doing NaNo, add me as a writing buddy, here.

Happy Writing!

9 thoughts on “Head Colds & NaNoWriMo

  1. Goodness! Your MIAness was far more involved than I thought! Glad you’re healthy again and that the words were building up while you were sick. It’s your brain’s way of thanking you for taking care of your body. :p At least, that’s what I’m going with. Hee hee.

    I don’t even /want/ to know what is going on in your world. It seems awfully complicated and well above my reach and outside my genre. I think I’ll just go back to twiddling my mouths in my structured scifi worlds. :p

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    • I agree with you! (The brain thanking me for taking care of the body).

      As far as it being complicated, it seems less so as words on the page (if that makes any sense), but the characters are always surprising me. And I doubt anything would be outside your reach. Your world/story is so inventive! I’d hardly call it simple. 🙂

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      • Wow… I said ‘twiddling my mouths’. How… Oh dear. I meant ‘twiddling my thumbs’, but anyway!

        I always tell people that their brains will thank them for taking care of their body and for a little bit of a rest for the brain itself. It is a muscle, which needs to be exercised. However, like all muscles, it needs a break to heal. :p And I haven’t found a single person who’s said it didn’t thank them in the end. ^.^

        Haha! I get that. That’s why handwriting notes and plot points is always extremely helpful because it clarifies things better. Totally understand!
        :p None of your compliments! None of that! This is your blog we are commenting on and I’m praising your amazing writing skills at the moment! No changing the subject! Hee hee! And I don’t even recall talking about my world(or which one if we did talk about a world). How would you know? ^.^

        P.s. I find it funny when people are all like ‘you’re an amazing writer’ or something to that extent and I’m all ‘how do you know? What if I’m absolutely god awful and you just don’t know it?’ (I frequently ask people this and their responses are quite fun. :p)

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      • I understood what you meant… or at least hope I did. And precisely! (on the hand writing notes)

        My response to your question: all your prequels…

        And your query letter…

        And our other conversations regarding said dystopian…


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  2. Glad you’re feeling better, I hope all your health problems disappear. Good progress with your WIP and it sounds like awesome series. I somehow had missed your earlier post about the book and read that too. Have you started querying the first two books (assuming of course you finished editing)? Did you consider taking part to the pitch wars this year?

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    • Thank you!

      I’m planning to start querying book 1 in February. I still have a couple things to fix of that manuscript before I polish, but I see the light at the revision tunnel. Then I’ll jump into reworking/revising book 2. It was written before book 1 (because I’m a crazy person), so it needs a lot of TLC.

      As for Pitch Wars, I considered it, but the manuscript just wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I did pitch at a couple conferences and those seemed well received, but it really comes down to the quality of the writing.

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      • The light at the end of the revision tunnel, love that. It can be hard but it’s our stories and they need tender, love, and care before unleashing them to the world. As for writing out of order, meh. Who said you had to write them in order? Sometimes our stories are like little rocks tied together with strings without tangles; you pull one and then next part comes along nicely and without troubles. And sometimes they are like puzzle pieces. You have to put them together one piece at a time and sometimes you hold a piece of the puzzle but you have no idea where it goes. It’s fine to exist in a non-linear form because you know the end result will be awesome. I hope you find a publisher for your books soon (indie or traditional). And if not you could always self-publish. 😀


  3. I’m glad you’re feeling better. That was a whole heap of nastiness you had piled on you :/

    Those Starbucks totals are mightily impressive, but I agree that the words were all just queuing up nicely and waiting to come out 😉

    Your story series sounds fascinating! But we never do make things easy for ourselves when we start out. Logic brain says ‘why not one little stand alone story?’ Creative brain says ‘no, let’s have 5, and time travel, it will be a doddle..’

    But it’s exciting and we immerse ourselves in our worlds, crafting them into something beautiful. I’ll be cheering for you, Breeanna!


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