Thistledown - NaNo '09

Here's a bit of a teaser for my attempt at NaNoWriMo this year. Of course, you can follow it over on my LiveJournal (red link in the sig), and I would appreciate any feedback as I try not to give up a week into it.

Like happened the last two times I tried NaNo...

Anyway, on with the show.

"The Queen's Gambit left Polaris Station twenty-three years ago on a mission to explore and inhabit the nearby planetary systems. Six years into that mission, communications were lost. Despite widespread searches, no trace was found. The Queen's Gambit, crew and cargo, was never seen again.
Until today...
A scavenger, known to the Colony simply as Kip, has found the ship, empty and devoid of life.
Or is it?"

raecchi's picture

Devotee

Oooh, I love NaNoWriMo. This'll be my eighth year doing it!

It sounds like you have a pretty nifty mystery/sci-fi premise there -- do you have the whole thing planned out already, or are you flying by the seat of your pants?

If you're looking for immediate goading to get writing, try this: http://lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html It's pulled me through some terrible blocks and laziness, though I have to set it to kamikaze mode or it's just not penalty enough. (In Kamikaze mode, if you stop writing for too long, your work starts getting erased.)

Happy writing!

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

I generally tend to write organically. I have a rough idea, but most will flow as I write it.

I will check out that site when I ge back from my epic 3 hour walk, which starts now.

raecchi's picture

Devotee

I do as well, sometimes to the point of too much slacking off. I don't even have a concrete idea for this year yet -- just a few scenes and things I'm tossing around in the back of my brain. Haven't lost yet, though, so clearly my slipshod habits aren't too terrible. Smile

Have fun on your epic walk!

Shade's picture

Supplicant

I love Nano too! I'd like to read more of yours :D.

This year I thought I'd try historical fiction (I did a steampunk in Venice last year that was pretty enjoyable to write, but I doubt it was any good :P), so I'm looking into something exploring how opera broke down social barriers in Europe . . . not as boring as it sounds, really :P.

I tried by the seat of my pants last year and it was harder than I thought to do - in previous years I'd always had at least a basic plot outline. Not sure how to approach it this year. How do you two go about it? Are you getting excited for the planning month?

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

I'm almost too excited. I've been talking with one of my ex-wow buddies and planning and planning and planning. I can't wait for the writing.

b2creative's picture

I've been gearing up for NaNo too, although my idea is extremely vague at the moment. Last year was my first try at NaNo, and I only made it to the second week before I became utterly disgusted with the trainwreck my story had become and threw in the towel. I'm a pretty harsh critic when it comes to my own writing. Maybe I'll make it to week 3 this year?

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

If you want to post to a livejournal and link it to mine, I'd love to be an encouraging voice, since I need one myself.

raecchi's picture

Devotee

For anyone who needs support, I cannot recommend the local meet-ups enough. Find your local forum on the site, and find some people getting together in your area! I've met some fantastically nice folks that way.

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