I’ve finally reached the goal of writing 50,000 words for Camp NaNoWriMo. In fact, I have written 64,226 words so far. My protagonist has just suffered a huge personal loss and writing it even brought tears to my eyes (for I hate killing off characters, even minor ones).
But then I did something I never thought I’d do again. This was the same reason I had failed my first NaNoWriMo challenge last year.
After being a pantser (writing by the seat of my pants) for 64K words, I decided to start plotting. And so after an hour of plotting on my iPad, charting the course of my characters as they go from A to B (you know, Hero’s Journey and all that), I decided to start over.
So yes, I’m starting over.
But, I’m not abandoning my current work.
What I’m actually doing is rewriting the first three chapters of my novel, which I had originally written as a light-hearted take on the theme, romance in the 21st century as part of a Weekly Writing Challenge. But when your light-hearted romance turns into a thriller mystery novel at 35K words, then something is clearly wrong.
So I’m trying to fix it ’cause it’s broke.
The strange thing about this challenge is that I wrote all those 64K words on my WordPress dashboard. I have the WP app on my iPad and iPhone so I was able to continue writing away regardless of whether I was home, in bed, at work, or standing in line at the supermarket.
This time, however, I’m rewriting the novel on a semantic editor called ULYSSES 2.1 by the Soulmen. I bought this app a year or so ago and was so confused about it that I abandoned it even though I loved all its features – according to its many screencasts. But I guess at that time I simply did not have a story to write yet – at least a story that wanted so badly to be written that my mind, like a parachute, finally opened up so it would work and understand everything about this thing called SEMANTIC EDITING.
They’ve come up with Ulysses III but I think I’ll stay with my current version because I’m barely grasping all the awesome stuff that comes with Semantic Editing. I even have to look up the meaning and antonyms for the word “semantic” just so I could completely understand its features and why it’s so different from WYSIWYG editors such as Word or Pages.
Unfortunately this means that I need to take my Macbook with me to work to continue writing this story because Ulysses doesn’t have an iPad app to complement it.
But that’s okay. For the muse has spoken. And I’m hard at work trying to catch everything it’s trying to say.
So I’m back to Camp to continue writing. After all, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do since my rewrite only has 5,000 words so far.
Thank goodness the muse is not shutting up.