It's not exactly raining yet, but it's supposed to start any minute, and because Sunday has always been our day to do nothing at all I plan to spend it playing Dragon Age: Origins. I lit my (barely) vanilla candle, wrapped up in my Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington snuggie and my heated blanket, and am just waiting for DA:O to install on my computer so I can play.
The air is starting to get cold again. Yesterday I had to wear my black fleece tights when we went out instead of some lighter tights, not that I minded because I love my black fleece tights. They're so warm and comfy!
For the last two days, the sky has been gray and covered with clouds, which Danny and I both love. We're definitely dreary weather people. Our seasonal depression gets worse in the summer when its too hot and the sunny days seem to never end. In the winter, I still get depressed but it's so much easier to pull me out of it.
I'm also going to be thinking about my NaNoWriMo project. I told myself I would keep working on other stuff and then worry about NaNo when November starts, but I find myself unable to stop thinking about it. Every year I try to participate in NaNoWriMo even if I can't make the write-ins (they're always deeper in the city than I'm comfortable going, so I usually don't go) and even if I don't win. If I ever don't participate for any reason, November just doesn't feel quite right.
Just in case you're not aware, NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an event in November when writers do one simple thing: You try to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. The website breaks each day down into reasonable 1,666-word increments that you can absolutely surpass if you want. 1,666 is just the minimum word-count for each day. The idea is to get people writing every day because, for some people, the only thing keeping them from writing is thinking that they don't have the time or for those who have trouble sticking to it.
This year I'm going to work on a fantasy project I've been playing around with in my head for a while now. I chose that one because I'd like to actually, you know, do it and with NaNoWriMo you don't really have a chance to overthink anything because you need to get it done. Overthinking is my worse enemy so being put in a position where I don't have that luxury has always helped.
I never really do outlines, which a lot of people suggest for NaNoWriMo. Maybe that's a bad thing, maybe it's not, I don't know. I only work sort of okay with outlines. The method I'm best at, in my opinion, is writing by the seat of my pants. Working from a vague concept and discovering it along the way. Learning about the world alongside my characters.
George R. R. Martin described these two kinds of writers more beautifully than I think I could.
“I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.”
And with that, I think I'm going to end this post. If anyone joins NaNoWriMo this year, let me know in the comments! I'll follow you on the website! My username is: littleflowerlei