Becka (miss_rynn) wrote,

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The best laid plans

So here I am, stuck in a moral, artistic conundrum. Actually, I just wanted to use the word 'conundrum'. As NaNoWriMo is approaching fast, I find myself drawn towards ideas and plots and schemes about what, if anything, I should write. Given the state of things at the moment (being all PhDed-up), I had already decided that if I do attempt NaNo this year, I won't put myself under any real pressure to complete it. After all, I've already reached that mystical 50,000 word goal in the past. I don't need to prove to myself that I can do such a thing.

Secondly, I was resolved to try something completely different from the last time I attempted it. No trashy fantasy for me, but a modern day story about four or five friends, and the events in their lives. You know, a kind of 'sex in the city' story, with a lot less sex. Not only that, but I was going to write without any plans. My last two attempts had been written to formula - 25 chapters, at least 2,000 words long, with the whole story divided into five five-chapter long sections. Very dull, but with the 2,000 word a day goal I set myself it's no wonder that I, being a stubborn creatured, succeded. But this is not how the best stories are written, and I know that.

So I had this plan about what I should do this year... when suddenly I had this other idea. Last night was mousebane's 7th Sea game, and it as grand as ever. But it reminded me of a project I had started a long time ago, but never completed. I had begun writing (by hand, in some lovely bound books I bought for that vwery purpose) the memoires of my character, Jean-Claudette, some time ago. I thought it a brilliant way to explore the character, maybe earn some extra XP on the side, and provide me with a prop for use in a future 7th Sea freeform (which I may or may not write).

But, times being as they are, I lost interest in the project. However, I kept up with my note-taking during the sessions so that I could, eventually, return to my original plan - to chronicle the campaign through the eyes of my character.

Last night, I was inspired to take up the challenge again and continue with her diary. However, it strike me just afterwards that if I hold off this plan for a few weeks, I could attempt to use this as my NaNoWriMo project for this year. Sure, I'd have to estimate my word count, but seeing as how I'm not really pushing myself to reach 50K this doesn't seem like such a drama...

So what do you think?
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