Here is the synopsis I whipped up for the novel I’m writing for NaNoWriMo starting this Saturday:
Pursuit of Power
Destry Surett’s death may not have been the accident it was claimed to be, but it was well concealed for years. When Destry’s son, Alexander, stumbles onto an innocuous item from his dad’s past that leads him to question the story of his dad’s death, he is told to let it go. He chooses instead to dig—slowly at first. The more he uncovers, though, the more he has to know the truth. Soon it becomes clear that his father’s death is only the tip of the iceberg, and Alexander finds himself the target of both expected and unexpected forces. Friends and loved ones around him are put at risk due to his quest, but he cannot bring himself to back down. He has already gone past where he thought his own moral boundaries would lie, and it’s too late to go back.
My NaNoWriMo profile.
Time worked: 3:00
Work done: Thirteenth meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through 3 1/4 pages, which wasn’t looking good for a while. Then we got past an issue that took us a while, and just flew through the next page and a half. I also spent an hour in the morning working on the TCSTB shared document in preparation of tonight’s meeting.
Time worked: :30
Work done: Working on synopsis and character profile for “Pursuit of Power,” which is the story I’ll be writing for NaNoWriMo, starting this weekend.
Time worked: 2:30
Work done: Twelfth meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through just over three pages, and were pretty happy with it.
I have decided not to push myself to continue my individual revision of “Adventures in Pithea,” in anticipation of NaNoWriMo. I don’t want to burn out on the daily evening grind before November even starts. However, I would like to take some time in the next 10 days to write up a story introduction for “Pursuit of Power,” as well as at least one character introduction from the story, all from Drear’s POV (the narrator). We’ll see how that works out.
Time worked: 1:30
Work done: Eleventh meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through two and a half pages, and made a few notes for things to come back to later.
I haven’t posted in a week, and that is thoroughly reflective of the work I’ve done in that time. Actually, that’s not completely true. I did go over my outline for “Pursuit of Power,” the story I plan to start writing for NaNoWriMo in a few weeks. The busy season at my work has reached its conclusion, with the last show we have to go away for happening last weekend. I’ve been tired, cranky, busy, and just generally unable to focus on writing. The once-over I gave my outline happened in the evening at the show, but it was all I could do the whole weekend. These weekly meetings are wonderful, because I know that no matter what, I’ll still be brought back to my story every week. I truly can’t say what my plans are for the next two weeks until NaNo starts. I feel I should keep going forward on my revision for “Adventures in Pithea,” but at the same time, I’m not sure it’s worth dragging myself back into that story, just to completely switch gears to a new story when November hits. But I also don’t feel like it’s good to do absolutely nothing. So we’ll see.
Time worked: 2:00
Work done: Tenth meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through two and a quarter pages, which was further than I expected. We got a little hung up on some descriptions, only to decide we should skip all of that for now.
Time worked: :30
Work done: All spent sleepily transferring revisions from paper to computer.
Time worked: None
Work done: I was gone Friday through Sunday night, and preparing for that on Thursday night. It was a busier weekend than the last time I was gone, so I had no real time to work.
Time worked: :35
Work done: Revision for “Adventures in Pithea,” working on the TCSTB shared document.
Time worked: 2:30
Work done: Ninth meeting of the Tri-County Sisterhood of the Traveling Book. We got through over two and a half pages, beating last week’s record. We are now into chapter 3. Before the meeting, I also spent some time working on the outline for the story I’ll be writing for NaNoWriMo in a month.