jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (Default)

NaNoWriMo winner 2010!Yes, I won NaNoWriMo for another year ;D I'm pretty sure that I left victory the latest this year of any year — I crossed the 50,000 word mark on the 29th and I think I've usually finished around the 23rd or thereabouts although I don't quite remember — but regardless, I actually did pull through.

And I pulled through despite hating the way my novel was structured to begin with, and excising a point-of-view character before even getting to any of his scenes, and reworking the entire second half of the outline when I was halfway through the first half. I also fell significantly behind at one point and had to work hard to catch up (6,000-word days help), and then although I pulled significantly ahead, I didn't really stay there, hence the twenty-ninth-day victory. BUT ANYWAY I WON. That's the important part.

I basically like the idea I've had and the plot, but I don't like the way I've executed the plot, so I'm going to go back and rework it (again) at some point. I really want to do justice to this idea and construct it properly, and tone down the violence, and give the characters more scenes that demonstrate their actual characters in the first section of the novel. If you remember my last post, I was really irritated at how much my outline seemed to consist of gratuitous violence, so that's the section I need to fix up :P Yeah.

Click through for more ramblings about the plot and whatnot... )

jayeless: typewriter (writing)

As you might already know, I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year! This is the sixth year I've done it (I think... doing this every year since 2005 makes this my sixth year, right?), soooo by this point in time NaNoWriMo's become part of an established routine in my life. Something that's stuck by me for my entire adolescence. Something like that, anyway...

You might also know that I have this one novel that I've been writing and rewriting and rewriting again for approximately a gazillion years (i.e. three... and a bit). I'm not rewriting it again for NaNoWriMo. However, what I am doing is taking some of the things that were infodumped in the last chapter of that novel, and making a whole, new novel out of them. That novel is far more narrowly focused than this novel, concentrating more or less on one person and her life and the lives of the people she knows to some extent... but mostly about her.

This one, on the other hand, is broader and takes in different perspectives on events by people from different sides in this extremely messy conflict I managed to invent! One of the plot threads has been in my head a long, long time – approximately as long as my constantly-rewritten novel's one – because it was where I intended one of the secondary characters in that novel to go. I changed my mind though because I didn't think her personality would actually countenance it, so now there's a new character. Basically. Yeah.

Then there are three other main characters. Two of them have kind of short-ish plotlines, and the last doesn't have much of a plotline at all because I haven't thought of one yet. Right now he has a short plotline about the same length as the other two, but it's supposed to be much longer. So I need to work on that xD

The actual plot (...theme? premise?) of the novel basically goes like this: there's a country with two major ethnic groups, presided over by an evil totalitarian government. It maintains a system of segregation so that most localities are monoethnic, and also so that it can restrict the flow of information and ideas between localities. It pretends to be fair and just, but in reality it favours one race, the descendants of the island's occupiers when it was part of an empire, over the other. So a crazy-insane extremist movement begins to gain currency within the oppressed group, and eventually, it gains enough strength to topple the state. The rest of the novel is basically about... what happens next. Two of the main characters die, another suffers for a long time before managing to get out, and the last... well he's the one whose plot I haven't figured out yet but I'm pretty sure he enjoys himself. For a while at least.

Anywayyyy I started writing at 12am on the dot obviously (no wait actually I didn't because I was talking to someone so we only started at like 12.30 haha oops) and I'm now at 1,703 words, with one chapter totally down :D I don't hate the chapter either, so I am considering (strong emphasis on the part of that word which entails the meaning "undecided") posting it. If I do, it'll probably be friends/access-only or perhaps filter-locked depending on how I feel so if you're interested, speak up ;)

jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (left action)

You can consider this a Halloween treat if you like, provided you're decked out in costume! If not, well... consider it just another post. I don't know, seriously, consider it however you want.

Sooo I wrote this in August, and then never posted it. In case you don't remember the ~historical background~ to this product of August, there was a federal election here, and this federal election was preceded by an election campaign. One of the big issues of the campaign was refugees, and in particular, the two major parties were competing with each other to see who could produce the most disgusting policy with the most outrageous deprivations of human rights.

I think what I wrote reflects my frustration with this. It can also be considered a response to one of the February prompts at [community profile] dailyprompt, "last night on earth" (where the title comes from).

Last Night on Earth )
jayeless: photo of me at the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (politics)

One of the best things about feeling angry, in fact pretty much the only good thing about it, is the way I can often channel what I'm feeling into a piece of writing. This particular piece didn't take a lot of thought or editing, just me adding words to the file and getting into a rhythm. It's not my "usual" style of writing where there are characters and events and things happen and you can see them, but it's more like poetry in the format of prose. Anyway, I don't feel like I have to justify my work before you've even read it, so just click through :)

Things in life that aren't very fair )
jayeless: typewriter (writing)

Hay guys. I decided to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] promptbingo a few days ago, on a whim. Basically this means I have a card (as you can see below!) of 25 prompts and I think I'm actually supposed to write something for all of them... which is not what bingos typically involve... but I DON'T CARE because almost all of these prompts look extremely promising :)

childhood abuse attempted murder unrequited love assault needles
silence heartbreak anorexia illness despair
shattered drunk tragedy cheating earthquake
hurt/comfort acid injury stabbed isolation
blizzard domestic abuse fight nightmare distance

Anyway... I guess I'll update this post with links as I fill the prompts? As a heads-up, I said I'd fill these prompts with a mix of Doctor Who fanfic and original fiction (and if I'm to be quite honest, it'll lean quite heavily to the original fiction side!) so LOOK FORWARD TO IT. Yeah.

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