Letters to my Muse (a NaNoWriMo update)

Dear Muse,

You know, I think this is the year that you and I will get along swimmingly. You may have been quite slow in baking up a plot for me, but – and I will not deny a little bit of help from a friend, as well as the friend named caffeine – this is beginning to seriously evolve rapid-fire. I will likely have difficulties as things go along, I may even combine two books into one just to finish the arc with any sort of a decent ending and springboard into Origins, but this is coming out to be a fantastic little arc.

But let’s keep it going, shall we? It’s not as funny a couple of books as #3 had been, but I have to get 20,890 words more. Within about a week and change.

Love,

Me.

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Yes, this means that NaNo is going well. And, what seemed like a plot that’s just trawling along had evolved into an interesting direction, almost to the point where the segue into the Origins arc, which tells the back stories to some of the favorite characters, and which also gives a major basis to the arc that will follow, will have to be told in a mostly-flashback sort of style. That is to say, I would have the bulk of the “past” story get told as one of the characters in the present day and time is exploring it.

Maybe? Possibly?

It definitely has room for thought.

I’m wondering how to tell some of the sub-characters’ stories, truth be told. It’s not a matter of leaving anyone out, but it’s a matter of telling it well. That and the character of Jason Watson is interesting enough to dig into a little further, no? :)

K.G.

Letters to my Muse

Dear Muse,

Wow-wa. You were not kidding in 2008, when you made me grind out Book 3 at NaNoWriMo almost in full. You were so not kidding. Eighteen chapters plus an epilogue? And that’s without the subplot that will continue to pilot the second arc?

Holy jumping Jesus on a pretzel with toast,  Muse. You’re aiming to make my caffeine tolerance go a little past the usual Olympic-caliber and right into Guinness Book. I will need to mainline espresso to finish this…

Love,

Me

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This, my dear readers, were my exact thoughts this past afternoon, when I realized that instead of 4 more chapters, as I thought it, I was looking to actually edit eight. Nine, if you count the epilogue, which I am thinking of cutting out, but I have yet to see what happens. But I stand surprised. I’ve not actually read the book for a while, and it was surprising and interesting to see just how much story I’ve packed into this.

The even more interesting part to this is that there’s a lot more story to Book 3. And the bits of story that I’m peppering in right now will be setting the stage for the entirety of the second arc.

So, my current writing challenge is to myself: keep the storyline as consistent as I possibly can. We have all seen what happens when it doesn’t flow, and what happens when the canon is broken within a concise storyline. As it is, my storyline, while in need of refining, is set. Now, to keep it that way – that will be curious indeed.

But, as I said it in Book 1 and say in life… nothing ventured, nothing gained.

K.G.

NaNoWriMo Update #2

*ahem*

Dear Muse,

I don’t know what’s wrong with you, but if you actually have a plot for me to write, can you not communicate with the fingers to actually get this shit out into a word file and not in just my brain cells?!!!!

Because, really, what’s a plot if I cannot write it? You gave me a brilliant approach to this idea, and leave bupkis for the execution thereof? This just simply will not do. Get the damn espresso, get your fucking ass in gear. I am to hit midpoint by this weekend, or else. Did I make myself clear?

Yours controllingly,

Kat.

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This, I think sums it up right about perfectly. The kickoff to Arc 2 – at least involving the main plot, the main subplot, and how the characters evolve…with Kataria turning into a raging alch at first, looks like – is set, but it’s set only in my head. I am, perhaps mistakenly, writing the story in sequence, laying out each chapter as it should be laid out. While it’s a proper way to approach it, in NaNoWriMo, it ain’t about the proper approach. It’s about getting it written the hell out.

I know that I have to bite it and just write. To hell with chapters, delineations, all of that – all this can be added when I do the pre-editor walkthrough. I may sure as hell regret this later, if only because the memory of editing Book 1 over the course of 3 years is still very fresh in my head, but it’s likely the best way I can keep at my schedule for NaNo, and get Win #5 up before Thanksgiving.

Here’s hoping, in any case!!

K.G.

Oh, not again. Letters to my Muse, part whatever

Dear Muse,

This is getting pathetic. I am already past the deadline for Book 4. I have five scenes of a page apiece remaining before I can declare the first draft completed. I’m at 89,157 words. I was working on a great, strategically sound scene.

And you chose now to pull your disappearing act?

Muse, this will seriously not do. You are in violation of the Wine, Coffee and Chocolate Appeasement Contract, wherein I imbibe all three to appease you into cooperating and write my arse off until this manuscript is completed. No desertion clause post-consumption has ever been stipulated within this contract. So kindly get back to post.

Really, Muse, you’re making me think thoughts involving a cactus.

No love,

Kat.

PS: I have 85% Lindt Dark and I’m not afraid to use it.

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On an off-topic, and a  serious note, I received news that Boney James was in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. He’s okay; got a few stitches, saw a dentist, and will be groovin’ and making us groove again in no time.

I am wishing him a speedy recovery with lots and lots of rest and downtime.

That said, I don’t need to tell you how close of a call this was. Drunk and reckless drivers take enough lives every year; it just so happened that James was very lucky to walk away from this one. He’s a friend to many, an inspiration to many more; I’m sure that the whew! of relief is cross-country.

This is an old PSA, but it holds true: NEVER drink and drive. NEVER get into a car with a drunk driver. The stats in this case are far too serious to overlook. You have only one life, safeguard it.

K.G.

Letters to my Muse

Dear Muse,
What gives?! You return, I pump out a damn chapterload of Book 4; I wrap up the preliminary proofing edit of Book 2 and…what? Then you leave again? I thought we were friends, Muse. Or at least, with benefits, but leaving me high and dry when I need to finish this book really doesn’t count as a token thereof.

Now get back here.
No love,
Kat.

Letters to my Muse

Semi-crosspost from the NaNo forums, which are still alive and well…

Dear Muse,
I want to know where the hell you’ve been this entire damn month, and why the blue loving HELL didn’t you kick the writer’s block’s arse sooner.

I’ve not written A WORD on my NaNo novel past what I’ve done for NaNo for over three weeks. Your lack of attendance is unsatisfactory, Muse.
No love,
me.

Dear Kataria,
Okay, so you’re on your way to kick ass. And now what?!

Help me out here, wouldja?
Your Creator.

Dear Plot,
THANK YOU, you’re back!!!
Me.

Dear Romantic Side,
Seriously, the eve of a battle is not the time where my two main characters, who spent the last 3 books dancing around the elephant in the room emblazoned with “LOVE!” on either side, to go slow-dancing. Shut up. Seriously. I know you like this sort of stuff, but bloody hell, let the FMC actually come out of this battle ALIVE for a change?! We’re not done with the damn skirmish!
No love (ha!),
The Author

Dear Jason,
You’ve evolved from Books 2 and 3, I’ll grant you that. In fact, it’s great that with the gaining of your abilities, you really grew into the rest of the story. But all of that aside, in dialogue, you’re way too much like your real-life counterpart. Stop making me laugh when I’m trying to write the damn dialogue.

LOL.
me.

Letters to my muse

Dear Muse,

Is it a little too much to ask if I’d like consistent attendance? I had a kickass scene ready and waiting for you to arrive so that I could get to putting words to the Word file. So, finally, a chance to do so and I don’t recall giving you permission to go AWOL.

And now I can’t even write much more than this post?

Quit with the one-night stands already.

No love,

Kat.

Letters to my Muse

Hey, no one said NaNo was the only time for those!

Dear Muse,

So. You’ve gotten me to the point where I can safely set Book 4 aside for a while and prep Book 2 for publishing, as my readers want. Which is great. But come the hell on, you have the perfect potential to finish out the first draft of it all by the end of the week. Don’t desert me now. My summoning supplies are at the ready and I’m in hardly a mood to mix two completely incompatible things.

No love,
Kat

PS: Hi, Mel of NaNo! :)

Letters to my Muse

Dear Muse,
Did you have to make me write that Ending Scene before I even fleshed out the middle part of Chapter 5? I love that scene. I really do. In fact, it channels whatever atrophied sense of romance that I have. Arriella had this coming since Book 1 and I think everyone who’s been there in the prototype phases will be cheering and saying “FINALLY!” when they read this.

But before I’m even done fleshing out the middle of chapter 5? Before Kataria finds out something very curious?

Yeah. What’d I say about continuity? Get with the program.

No love,
Kat.