Welcome back to my weekly Fiction Friday post, all the month of November dedicated to National Novel Writing Month, 2014 and we have arrived at the close of Week Two.
Last week I spoke about the somewhat hesitant decision to take part for the second year,
This time I will explain what I mean by the title of today’s post: Rebellion.
Yes, I am a NaNoWriMo rebel.
What does this mean?
Writer Alana Saltz writes an excellent blog post about this and I wanted to share it here, before I explain how I fit into this category:
Now, anybody who knows me knows I am routinely known as a rebel anyway. This is, therefore, not all that far off.
Actually, I like to follow rules, when I can. It’s the OCD in me that prefers this.
So last year I wrote my daily word count, writing one novel, and it was only a frustration with the site that was so bothersome that I resorted to Twitter to keep track of my progress.
I felt I did everything I was supposed to do, according to,
This year I thought I would give it a try once more, but from the beginning I did not feel like following any rules, whether this might disqualify me or not.
I did not have a new idea for a story. I barely got to editing after last November and I never did finish last year’s story.
I had that one floating around in my head for several years. There was no way I was going to finish it in one year or even to put it aside and focus on a whole new story, but I did not want that to disqualify me from participating this year.
My novel “Till Death” is a story of great love, the hardest of times, and finding one’s way through grief and loss.
I thought this year I would continue the story of three generations of a family: a teenage daughter, her father, and her grandfather.
I wanted to answer the question: how does death affect people at different stages of life?
I thought, why not? Why couldn’t I continue that story this November?
Who says it has to be a brand new story?
Who was going to stop me?
I will use the motivation, but not necessarily stick to the rules others are following for the month.
When I heard Alana speak on how she wasn’t following the rules either, I felt a freedom and like I had been given some invisible marker of permission to be the rebel I always wanted to be.
Next week I will write about setting goals and meeting them.
What do you think of my themes and storyline?