Hello, everyone. You’re about to discover how demented my definition of taking a break can be… With dogged determination I endeavor to disengage form things that develop stress. Of course I get more, different, worse stress in return.
I decided a distraction of monumental proportions was in order.
No, not that kind of monument, though I’d like to tell some to sti— it’s best if I don’t finish that sentence. Anyway, a monumental distraction is a pretty extreme thing. One of the biggest extremes I know came knocking at my door, or rather my calendar — National Novel Writing Month (also called NaNoWriMo).
I wasn’t going to participate, because (as you know all too well) I have so many drafts awaiting final touches and/or big editing work. Unfortunately those projects are not a distraction. They are work… and a kind of work from which my real job drains my creativity.
So, with absolutely no idea in mind, I decided to take on the “distraction” of NaNoWriMo this November. Soon I had myself an inspired thought for a “character.” However, it wasn’t exactly a character… it was an old fashioned riverboat. I mean for it to be such a big part of the story that it’s practically a character.
I became infatuated with the riverboat. Vague notions for a story took root, but have yet to sprout leaves.
Don’t jinx it by saying so, but my “monumental distraction” seems to be working! I even got half decent sleep the past two nights.
Looking at riverboats led me to artwork, which I purchased to create a book cover. There might be a bit of green peaking through the soil… but nothing has blossomed for the story, I told myself.
“Trying to do Novel Writing Month the way you feel now is foolish,” logical–I said.
Then twisted–me popped up and reminded me of the Three Things serials I did here, and reminded me that there were three of those completely unplanned stories (followed by a fourth, Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers. All were written as I went, using the “things” from readers.
With an elbow-nudge and a leer, twisted-me drew out the word, “Pantser!”
Me, myself, and I were in agreement. “You’re on!”
I created the book cover for inspiration. Announcing the novel to-be… The Delta Pearl..
The furious pace of NaNoWriMo will prevent me from posting installments. However, in the spirit of the Three Things serials, I’m asking you for “things” to drive this spontaneously written story.
Now that you’ve seen the cover, please leave a comment with three completely random “things.” When I get “things” I write until I’ve worked them into the story — that’s how it works. Come on… you can think of random things.
Also to anyone who is doing NaNoWriMo, I’m happy to be one of your writing buddies. There my user name is “Riordain.” (Can you believe somebody already had Teagan?”)
I can’t wait to see what “things” come to you.
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