So, it’s prewriting time.
The NaNo rules clearly state: “Outlines and plot notes are very much encouraged, and can be started months ahead of the actual novel-writing adventure.” Therefore, my prewriting exercises are completely legal.
Now I have to decide whether to keep my plot ideas to myself, or to share them with my readership for comments and suggestions. Or whether to just share them with my Aaron and Amy (my husband and my old roomie).
I’ll share the basic premise, anyway, I suppose: A vampire living in a modern-day college town falls in love with a mortal woman, while in the midst of attempting to avenge himself upon his father.
That’s the almost-run-on one-sentence version, anyway. I’m kind of proud of how the major plotline finished writing itself while I was reading the alt.vampyres FAQ yesterday.
I don’t know. I tend to be just as secretive with my prose as with my poetry and my music, so maybe making my NaNo public would do me good. Still, though, it’s a big leap. NaNo attempts are inherently *bad*, being Very Rough Drafts. (Really — when you’re cranking out 2,000 words a night, who has time to proofread?)
I don’t know. We’ll see.