Two days into NaPiBoWriWee and I’m clicking on all cylinders. Using my favorites from the ideas hatched during NaPiBoIdMo is an enormous help. For one, I have seven ideas that I like on tap. For two, these ideas have been kicking around my noodle for a long time so I can site down with some sense of direction and just write.
My approach has been very simple and that’s helped too. I make a quick outline; beginning, middle and end. I then write for the three acts. This isn’t necessarily artful prose, this is a rough first draft. Beauty, simplicity, character and themes can all be drawn out of it later. This week is about capturing that “shitty first draft” as Ann Lamont calls it.
Just for fun, and maybe a nice comment or two ( hey I can fish for feedback), here are the openings to the two stories written so far this week.
“You have ONE hour to do you homework. No computer, no games, no phone calls. Do you understand me, mister?”
The door slammed and Spenser was left alone in his room, cut off from the outside world, just a boy and his homework. He looked at the worksheets on his desk and reached for his pencil. It rolled away.
The Adventures of Li’l Mister Monkey and Sailor Boy
It started as a joke, as so many things do.
“Let’s sail to the moon!” said Sailor Boy.
Li’l Mister Monkey thought it was a terrific idea, and soon they were plotting a course using sea charts and star maps.
Five days to go, five stories to write. It’s a fun ride, and I hope you’re finding success with your work too.