So, a little over a week into Camp NaNoWritMo and the actual!writing process (once again) is moving ever so slowly, though the plotting and pondering (along with the quasi-usual giggle fits) is moving along at the usual pace. While it’s quasi-liberating to not focus on the Usual Suspects – my various works-in-progress – it’s a challenge to actually!write something new.
Well, kind of new.
This camp session’s novel (as announced with little-to-no reaction last week) is 50 Shades of Sunset – a quasi- mash-up of Sunset Boulevard [drawing from both the 1950 film and the 1994 musical adaptation] and 50 Shades of Grey, though as I plot, ponder and actually!write my (quasi-twisted) version of the story, the more salacious aspects of the 50 Shades series is less evident, yet the title will still remain. I suppose it has more to do with the fact that my writing style up until this point, has (for the most part) been asexual or at best indifferent to romance and stuff like that. As mentioned (several times) throughout this blog, I’m pretty indifferent to romance (as it’s probably my least favorite literary genre) so my mind just doesn’t “go there” (though for the sake of full disclosure, I have read some “M” rated online fan fiction, so I have a general idea of what goes on after the camera fade out)
As a return to my writing roots, 50 Shades of Sunset is written in 3rd person perspective (though it’s turning out to be 3rd person limited rather than omniscient, though as the writing-as-I-go-along process moves along, that might change) and there’s a bit of italicized flashbacks and internal monologues. Perhaps I might have been better off reinterpreting this story as a screenplay than as a novel – I have fleeting thoughts of adapting this (somewhat darker, a little bit dirtier, yet still PG-13) version of the story as a stage and/or screen production. But as I’ve already ensconced myself in writing in prose, I’ll carry on with what I’m doing – as quasi-challenged by a fellow Camp NaNoWritMo participant, I’m going to keep actually!writing, without editing (much), though I’m 89.6% sure that the beginning I’ve written will be scrapped during the editing process.
Of course, as time is a wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey ball of… stuff, I could make some leaps in the story, writing in a non-linear fashion, figuring out the actual sequence of events afterwards. There have been scenes / sequences written in my head, but they occur later on in the story; a good number of them are scenes I feel are “missing” or off-screen/stage from the aforementioned film/musical which could explain/expand upon exposition and situations left quasi-vague or unexplained in the film/musical.
That’s all I’ve got to say about the process thus far, or at least as much as I can detail right now.
Hopefully, I’ll make more headway in the coming weeks.
Total word count at the moment is (a mere) 775 (still out of 10,086).