On this fifth anniversary of “Nikki and the Novel,” I thought it would be a good time to make some updates to my blog pages. A couple things have changed, but much has stayed the same:
Check out the About Nik > Support Staff page to read about my newest writing cohort and rock. If not for Miss Meagan, I would still be sitting around thinking about finishing GBE, wouldn’t have had the “Aha!” moment that solved the block in the story, and I wouldn’t be inspired to go for the 50,000 word win with a new NaNoWriMo story this year (she won two years ago and got a really groovy t-shirt to prove it).
There is a new Nik’s Works in Progress page that is the stepping stone for my current and future novel pages. Click on the cover image to go to the appropriate page for its working title, a brief synopsis and a teaser of where I am in the story since the last update.
Speaking of works in progress, I now have a better idea of what my NNWM 2013 story will be. I spent a couple days on background items like shifter lineages and inheritance rules, mini-bios of my two leads Kaia and Fitz, creating a couple of legends that will work into Kaia’s destiny, and assigning photos to subordinate characters and giving them monikers like “unnamed baddie” and “unnamed good witch”. All of this info I added to Scrivener, the new writing software that my NaNoWriMo friends have mentioned off and on for years I’m trying out during the free trial period. (Another bonus of winning this year – I get the full version of Scrivener for half off! )
The last bit of business that I need to do before the competition begins is to jot down the scenes that I know on Scrivener’s index cards, such as the opening that has been running through my head for days now, and to share with you the current synopsis for “Shifter Days.” You can find it on its new novel page, and you’ll get to meet Kaia’s wolf form as well.
Check back as I’m meeting again for one last prep weekend this Sunday before the fun begins next Friday, November 1st!