Attempting to Break the Cycle of Perpetual Plotting

In the aftermath of (spectacularly) failing to complete NaNoWritMo for the third year running, I probably shouldn’t make an attempt next year, knowing how (not) well I’m able to stick to actual!writing by a schedule. Yet, I’m (pretty) sure I’ll make yet another (valiant yet probably fruitless) attempt to complete the task – after all, good plotting ideas have emerged during this frenetic time, thought not always for the novel being written for NaNoWritMo.

Of course, those following this blog know that I spend (far) too much time plotting and pondering character exposition, plot twists and other elements in the writing process and not enough time actually writing the narrative.

Those following this blog will also know that I’ve written about my (apparent) inability to write (at least) 10K of any given novel – though last year’s NaNoWritMo effort nearly reached 9K total. I do my best not to repeat or contradict myself (and I hope I haven’t – I rarely reread what I’ve written), but this cycle of perpetual plotting and editing-while-writing needs to stop. Since it’s nearly year-end (and almost time for setting resolutions for the new calendar year), might as well quasi-declare (again) my resolution to actually finish writing one novel before (next) year’s end, as well as finish up that 100 Writing Prompt Project by this time next year.

As mentioned in earlier blogs, inspiration to get any actual!writing done comes in waves, and often from unexpected places. Yes, I’m aware I’ve said/written all this before, and while novel-writing has moved at a glacial pace, the writing of these weekly blogs have moved swimmingly along – the word count (as calculated at the bottom of each entry) has averaged at about 400-500 words, and I’ve written something each week for the year and so (a feat to which I’m stupidly proud to have adhered when I started this blog). While I have yet to total the number of words written in this blog, it’s probably safe to presume that I’ve written more words in this blog than I have for my many novels. Then again, this blog is (mostly) random musings and vague details on what I’ve been plotting/pondering/writing, and (mostly) written directly onto WordPress, with minimal editing (hence there is the high probability that I’ve said/written all this before).

But I digress (yet again).

The initial objective of this week’s entry was to elaborate (kinda) on the next steps in my (epic) series saga, and the possible probable inevitable inclusion of the contemporary romance that was attempted for NaNoWritMo 2014 into the (epic) series saga that (still) is the MASC Chronicles. Naturally, the quasi-random musings has meandered somewhere else, and 400+ words later, it seems a jumble of (nonsensical) words.

Yet it still counts as actual!writing, albeit in essay form.

So, while the fictional universe of the MASC Chronicles remains shrouded in a nebulous fog, the process by which this world is created is… well, also in a kind of murky fog, hidden behind a velvet curtain and secured in a blue box (which may or may not be bigger on the inside).

Too many variables and too many possibilities leads to too much time spent pondering the variables and possibilities (and often results in an ever-expanding series saga). Of course, the obvious solution would be to explore all (or at least some) of these variables and possibilities and just write about it – but then that would leave very little for fan fiction writers to write.

Nevertheless, I’ll (forever) spend the time mulling over plot twists, character relationships and narrative arcs, with the goal of letting my characters live out their lives (whether they like it or not).

Onward once more!

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