I’m not doing NaNoWriMo (because I’m not going to try to write this in a month, and also because I started a couple of weeks ago), but I am going to be cranking away producing novelish prose over the next month, so I feel a certain kinship with others doing the same.
I’m doing several things differently this time. In particular, I don’t have an outline. In fact, I have only the barest notion of where things are going. This will no doubt mean that a whole bunch of rewriting of the beginning will be required (so that it ends up being a beginning that heads to the end that I end up writing), but that’s a small price to pay if the result is a novel that I’m pleased with.
The other main thing that I’m doing differently is giving chapters to Jackie to read as I write them. Doing so has prompted me to try to make each bit exciting, which I think is having a positive effect.
Today was Taiji class. The instruction is following an interesting direction. It’s our third class, but we have yet to do a taiji form. Instead, we’re learning pieces. We spent two days doing the upper-body parts of Cloud Hands one-handed. Today we did them two-handed for the first time. Separately, we’ve done several bits of footwork: shifting weight, empty step, etc. We’ve not yet done anything that combines upper-body and lower-body motions. However, I have a strong sense that we’re building a proper foundation. By the time we do our first actual piece of the form, I expect we’ll have most of the moves for doing the whole thing.
Got some writing-related work done today. I put two manuscripts in the post. I also revitalized my old submission-tracking database, which I hadn’t gotten properly set up when I got a new computer several years ago. I wasn’t actively submitting manuscripts, so it didn’t seem urgent. Then when I started sending them out again I didn’t want to wait to get my tracking system working, so I just did the tracking in a spreadsheet. Today I got the old tracking system working again, and moved over all the data from the spreadsheet. So, I once again have complete submission information for all my manuscripts, including a few old manuscripts that hadn’t yet been submitted to every market.
I wrote an article about story structure that was published in Speculations (now sadly defunct). The article was Story Structure in Short Stories.