We’re at the end of week three now. Truth be told, I had hoped to be past the 50k mark by now, but stuff got in the way. Had a two-stage job interview on Thursday and Friday, so I couldn’t put out my daily word count quota on those days as I’d planned to, since trying to get a job took priority over writing. Anyway, after the inevitable fit of depression that consumed me after I washed out in the second stage of the interview, I just wasn’t feeling up to writing on Friday night, and then I was still too worked up about it on Saturday to really get any work done. As of late afternoon today though, I’ve managed to get back on track, churning out 2050 words today and bringing my total up to 46,130 words. I’m going to aim for a regular pace of 2000 words per day now, so I should have 50k by the end of Tuesday, all things going well.
I’m approaching the end of my Doctor Who/Evangelion fic’s first episode, and the plans I have laid out should carry me to the conclusion. The way things have been going so far, I’ll have reached 50k well before that anyway. So my thoughts now are turning towards the next stages of the fic; episode two and beyond, as well as editing of episode one once November is over.
I need to flesh out my season arc a bit more, as well as come up with more concrete ideas for the individual episodes themselves. I’ve been rooting around the Doctor Who RP community for ideas in that area.
I’ll also need to try and work out a way to balance the continued work on the fanfic with my own original work. I’ve done too much work on the fanfic at this point to just stop now and let it collect virtual dust on my laptop, yet I want to be able to work on my own original ideas at the same time. One idea for handling fanfiction and original fiction at the same time which I’ve considered in the past is alternating between original fiction and fanfiction on a day-to-day basis. The other is to do original fiction work during weekdays and leave fanfic work for the weekends. I know I can’t be the only fanfic author around who writes his own original stuff as well, so I’d love to hear back from other authors on how they juggle the two fiction types.
Oh yeah, and there’s still that horrible gap in the narrative between the heroes stuck in the cave trying to come up with a plan for ambushing the aliens hunting them down, and the aftermath of the ambush once they’ve escaped. That’s really bugging me, but it’s something I’ll tackle in the edit. For now, I have to keep powering on with the story I’ve got right now, especially as the end is starting to fall into place so nicely.
This week I finished reading both ‘Doctor Who: The Glamour Chase’ and the Evangelion fanfic ‘Orchestrating the Silence’ which were keeping me in the mindset and providing inspiration for the earlier weeks. Now I’ve switched to reading ‘Aeon Entelechy Evangelion’ (technically speaking, it’s more of a Cthulhutech fic than an Evangelion fic, but I’m enjoying it anyhow) and watching episodes of Doctor Who series 5 as inspiration instead. I’d blame ‘Aeon Entelechy Evangelion’ for my fic being infiltrated by elements of the Cthulhu Mythos, but it was really already going that way, since the Mythos seems to have had a growing influence on my work in recent years. Not that I’m complaining, it’s just a bit…odd.
NaNoWriMo may not be over just yet, but I’m already contemplating possible ideas for projects to do for April’s ScriptFrenzy. So far, I’m considering a TV pilot script for Robin Laws’ Esoterrorists RPG, and Cthulhutech: The Movie. (I’ve had Cthulhutech on the mind lately, and THAT I can definitely blame on Aeon Entelechy Evangelion.) I’m sure more ideas will jump out at me between now and then, as well; enough to randomly select on a dice with six or more sides at any rate.
I’ll be back next week with the penultimate NaNoWriMo report. I’ll try to post the final report on the 1st of December, before I head out to the Glasgow NaNoWriMo TGIO party, but time constraints may mean it gets delayed until the 2nd.
Anyway, until next Sunday…
- Ja na!