YES! Back in action! Thanks to clever use of
- Realize novel is off the rails. I have no idea what I'm doing.
- Do the world-refining, character-building, plot-thinking I should technically have done in October but it was Sparktober and that shit waits for no man.
- Edit into list form ("glossary of terms", "list of characters", etc) and slap some Appendix I, II, III labels on there, like you would find in a real book.
- WORDS NOW TOTALLY COUNT AS PART OF NOVEL.
I'm considering exploiting the system further because it turns out, according to the official rules, that it doesn't have to be a novel so much as a work of fiction at least 50K words... which means a collection of related short stories TOTALLY COUNTS. Because y'all. This noveling shit is HARD. I don't know how to intertwine multiple plots and points of view and pace it properly and it's difficult. I'm a short-story fic writer, guys! It would be so much easier for me to write different points in time/character journeys/historical elements as self-contained short stories instead of trying to weave them all together. Like The Martian Chronicles, which I wouldn't call it a novel, but nano would! HAHA! So, yeah, considering it, but I'm going to have to learn to write a novel sometime if I'm going to keep doing this nano business.
Anyway, I met someone at a write-in with a novel that I want to read RIGHT NOW so much that I wish I were writing it just so I could stay up all night every night and write it faster so I could read it. With so many genres/half-baked ideas/zombies in nano, this never happens! I'm jealous that I don't want to read my book as much as his.