What I’m writing – No plot, no plan, just us.

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A NaNoWriMo wordcount.

This post couldn’t have been about anything else really, could it?

Last week, I was struggling with what to write. I had three ideas:

– A technothriller about censorship.

– The third novel in my fantasy trilogy (bear in mind the first one is unfinished and the second one isn’t even written yet.)

– The first novel in an ongoing series featuring a modern Nancy Drew type main character heavily featuring social media.

I knew I was going to be writing something either YA or techno. Or a mix of both.

What I didn’t know was that I was going to have a very bad evening on Friday. This pre-empted everything and I woke up on Saturday knowing that there was only one person I could write about.

Julianne.

She has been the main character in two of my novels so far. The first one is about bullying at her school, where it is clear she has mental health issues. Only it’s based in the ninties and there wasn’t a lot of support back then, so she has to learn to deal with these feelings during her formative years without the support of her school or her family.

A second novel came along which threw her into college and a mixed-gender environment. She found friends and a boyfriend and started to believe she was normal until some horrible truths came out.

This novel follows on from that, really. She’s finished college, living with her Mum and her brother (and his girlfriend) and trying to find where she fits in in the adult world. It begins with the marriage of her mother to Greg, her tutor from book two. I don’t have a plan or plot for it. I have no idea where she’s going to end up. I’m toying with a couple of ideas about what she’s going to do and one has already started to pan out but it’s completely fluid and can change.

I like Julianne – she started out as an indulgence of the darker sides of my own problems but has blossomed into something so much more.

We’re in this together, the two of us. She’s got to get in and out of some sticky situations. She’s doing pretty well so far. I’m proud of her actually. I love the way she handled herself and the situation at the end of the second novel and her opening scenes have stunned me with her maturity.

I’d like to go in and fill the blanks at some point – the gap between her first novel and her second novel is too big. Something must have happened in this time that I could write about. That’s for another day, though. For now, we have the early 00’s and being young and free again with social anxieties, mild Asperger’s and depression, all undiagnosed.

This should be interesting, if nothing else.

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13 thoughts on “What I’m writing – No plot, no plan, just us.

  1. Really interesting. It’s funny but you’ve touched on something I’ve been pondering about tackling. My issue has been trying to find a way of putting it down whilst retaining a little distance from it (due to anonymity more than anything.) It’s not unconnected to today’s post on my blog either actually. You’ve given me some things to think about, thank you. And of course, good luck with the challenge-I’m totally impressed 🙂

    1. Maybe an anonymous blog tucked away somewhere? The problem then comes with audience building, since that takes time and you already have an audience for your current blog. Thank you, I’m still enthusiastic right now, so that’s a positive x

      1. Yes, taking time to build an audience for an anonymous blog isn’t something I feel confident about approaching right now. Simply no time! Enthusiasm is definitely a good thing x

  2. ‘Interesting’ is too mild a word – I’m fascinated to read what you’re coming up with! Your character sounds like she’s gone through a lot and has more to explore. I love how you’re impressed by her. And that’s a massive word count! It’s only lunchtime on day 4! You are totally going to kick NaNo’s butt this year! Thanks for linking and co-hosting ‘n all that. xxx

    1. You’re very welcome. Julianne is fairly easy to write. She’s just coming into her own although she doesn’t know it yet. I usually have a rough idea about where I’m taking the story but I actually have no clue. X

  3. That’s a good word count so far! It sounds like you have loads of ideas for Julianne and it’s great you feel so involved with the character. I’m looking forward to reading some when you feel like sharing. Your description of her reminds me of a friend’s daughter and issues she’s had so I think she’s already appealing and life like. Good luck with NaNo!

    1. Thank you. Tonight it looks like I’m taking a night off and playing videogames haha. Julianne is a manifestation of some of my own brand of insanity – the nineties were tough on people who had mental health things going on. I might share some on Friday. X

  4. Julianne sounds like an interesting girl and a kind of coming of age novel is a great idea. Hopefully she can put all her problems behind her and take on the world. Glad you’re getting on well with nano. Would be great if you shared something for Friday fiction. I might do that next week. It will be a ‘look what raw unedited writing looks like – straight from head to paper’!

    1. Haha, yes. I don’t think a lot of people realise just how rough first drafts can be. Mine tend to have a lot of F words in them. She’s almost 20 in this novel and just met a BOY so she gets a giggle a lot, which is nice for her. I’m possibly a bit too invested in her so not sure it’ll ever reach publication stage, but I’m enjoying revisiting her. Friday I will probabluy just dump a section of Thursday’s attempt in WordPress and hope it’s not really awful. LOL. How’s it all going there?

      1. Good. I’m loving the way it’s flowing at the moment. I thought I would get stage fright and freeze. My main character has been living in London and now he’s just moved to Paris. He gets about a bit, in every sense of the word!

        1. He sounds like fun to write. Glad you’re doing well with it. It’s one of those things that you just have to throw yourself into, and really not care about what you write. If you don’t like the direction of the story, change it in the middle of a scene, that kind of thing. Not having a plot in mind is very freeing.

  5. I think this sounds like a fantastic starting point! I don’t think I’d have the guts to start writing a novel without a plan, but it sounds like you’ve got a brilliant main character to guide you through. Good luck with this week’s writing – looking forward to hearing about your progress! x

    1. Thank you. I hope I can get to the end. It’s quite liberating writing without a plot. Anything can happen and that’s exciting x

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