My kick off day for NaNo began, not as smoothly as I would have hoped, but it began nevertheless dragging me by my feet, bouncing my head on the ground, setting me on the high dive, and forcing me to jump off only to let me know their was no water in the pool as I was falling. Okay, maybe not that bad, but enough snags to give me less of a word count than I had hoped for. But I'm not upset. I'm okay. It's all cool.
Here was my plan: I was going to take the newspaper and find 5 interesting articles and weave them into a story. I have frequently gotten story ideas from newspaper articles so I figured that this was a surefire plan. What I didn't take into account, but really should have suspected, the Los Angeles Times doesn't have much interesting content anymore. I've heard this complaint about other newspapers as well. I recall when you could find some wonderfully bizarre stories in every edition of a newspaper. Now in the L.A.Times you find strange tales every once in a while, but mostly they want to be really significant, but they fail miserably.
Okay I found 5 stories that were not as wonderful as I had hoped, so I needed to come up with some supplementary back up material.
Fortunately I had a somewhat interesting dream before I woke up on Sunday morning. Before I even got my hands on the morning paper I already had a story brewing. Also, before I could get to the newspaper, I went to church. In the sermon, the pastor talked about the second chapter of Deuteronomy which was about the Israelites wandering in the desert and Hebrews 12:5-11 which talks about how God disciplines those that he loves-- 2nd story inspiration.
After various other familial obligations I was able to get to the paper Sunday afternoon at which time I got my 5 articles to use as story tie-ins. Then I started writing. I was originally going to plot out a story with the articles but I decided to come back to that later and just start writing the opening of the novel with the story seeds planted from my first inspirations. I don't have a plot yet, but I think I have a pretty strong opening. I only made it to about 1500 words on the first day, but I think I got some real momentum going and things should pick up as the week progresses.
Good news--- got two blog posts for the upcoming week finished yesterday. And put some more ideas for some future posts down. Also made several comments on other blogs and responded to some comments on my blog. So believe me, I was staying pretty busy.
And by the way--- here is the title of the novel into which I will be pouring myself into:
A DESERT PLACE
So far the novel starts with the discovery of a dead body and a briefcase full of cash by a main character named Joe Bloom. By next week I should have a synopsis which may appear on the NaNo site before next Monday. First I need to work out the details about who the dead guy is and why the money is there.
Hope the rest of the NaNo'ers are having fun.