Thursday, November 1, 2012

and so it begins ... a NaNoWriMo journey

By the watch fob, I'm a bit late starting NaNo ... but according to the calendar, I'm write on time (pun intended).  This year, I have an idea of where things are going ... chapter two, anyone?

Long ago desert storm ... shot taken in daylight ...
but this was result of dark, stormy night
Years ago, my brother bought me a book that had horrible book beginnings.  And then there is always Charles Schultz with Snooping using the the 'ultimate' beginning for a novel, "It was a dark and stormy night."  

Okay, so maybe it isn't the ultimate novel beginning, but it really should be. It sets all kinds of things off in my head. Makes me want to put my dog on top of a dog house with a typewriter while he writes stories about being a World War I flying ace.  I would be sitting at a bar, drinking my root beer awaiting the first draft ... preferably it will be cold and windy outside.

There are several problems with this:

First, I have to buy and assemble a dog house.

Second, convince the dog it is safe to get on top of the dog house.
Pair of unconvinced dogs ...

Thirdly, determine if the dog would be better drooling on a manual keyboard or electric.

It is a great image, just fraught with all kinds of problems.

So I need to decide to put my butt in the chair, pay attention to what is going on around me and write.

Well, maybe play just a little ...


Anonymous said...

Hey, "It was a dark and stormy night" is the original line with which I start all my NaNo books. I'm offended.


Happy writing to you.

I just finished this morning's exercise. I'm late for work. Somehow, I don't think NaNo is going to fly as an excuse.

See you later.


Lisa Dooley Fisk said...

Well, H,

I'm not using your line ... but I do springboard from it from time to time ... and it does evoke time, place, and mood ... makes me think of warm blankets, hot chocolate, and reading with a flashlight ... and fearing the bump in the night!