If you’ve been following my personal blog, I know I promised that I would provide more updates regarding this year’s NaNoWriMo novel and yet another attempt of me writing a book series, just like my past work. I know, I’m still going through an artistic chaos right now in my mind as I pretty much want to be an all-around artist: the literary artist… the fine artist… the performing artist… the martial artist… you know the deal. And yet I didn’t. Not yet anyway.
I have spent much of my free time, aside from just doing online studying for web development and web engineering (?), but I’ve also been spending some time playing video games as well. There’s the currently popular FPS1 game Destiny, and then there’s the very classic survival horror series Fatal Frame. I can’t help it. They’re just fun to play, especially Fatal Frame. I’m not so much of a horror/gore-type of person, but I do love mystery stories that’s got some “spooks” in them here and there.
Fatal Frame was the one that inspired me to write this year’s NaNoWriMo novel, titled The P&W: Sleuths and Stars. I previously wrote a bit about it on my previous entry, but then I decided to go for a story with multiple points of view. Why not just have the young sleuths of The P&W be the main characters of the story? I took that approach and just unleashed everything.
My final word count that got me the certificate is 50,466 words. However, the novel isn’t done yet. In fact, it’s only the beginning. Even though I was able to write this much, I was rather displeased with the way I started off with the story. Too much information and too much “telling” than “showing.” I’ve always been conflicted with first-person point of view stories when it came to showing and telling, but then “showing” with every single sentence from a first-person point of view doesn’t seem to be natural for a human being. I’ve never exactly met a person in real life who can describe in full detail from the atmosphere and scenery when all she basically did was go to the bathroom (for example, of course).
First drafts are always the most difficult to write, especially when you are trying your best to find that special “hook” right in the beginning. Definitely there will be a huge amount of editing, which also means, there will be a huge chunk of that 50,466 words to be omitted once I start getting down to cleaning things up. I thought about finishing the entire novel at first, but then I wanted to just clean out what I have first before I can continue.
My tools of the trade to getting the idea and the basic concept of this novel:
- Writing the Cozy Mystery by Nancy J. Cohen4
- Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey series
- Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot series
- Fatal Frame survival horror game series
- any novel written by Kate Morton and Kate Mosse
There were others that I may have forgotten to list, but the ones I mentioned were definitely the prominent ones. I still have yet to work on writing fiction altogether, mainly because I haven’t been writing fiction in general for the last two years aside from blogging. Blame that on my MMORPG/video game addiction.
I still have yet to create my cover for the novel just yet. I do plan on creating how the characters would look like on The Sims 4 though so I can have a better idea on how they would look like, how they would dress, and all that.
Stay tuned for more! To all my fellow Americans far and wide, have a Happy Thanksgiving!
On the sidenote...
- first-person shooter [↩]
- always been my tool of the trade since the second year of my NaNoWriMo participation. I finally got my copy of the software with a discount when I first won my first NaNoWriMo back in 2008. [↩]
- made by the same peeps who created Scrivener, this is a complete lifesaver for me in fleshing out the most important parts of the story, from the plot to a few of the main characters. I’m still not finished fleshing them out though as I just purchased the software about three weeks before NaNoWriMo started. [↩]
- this is a lifesaver for me! [↩]