Learning to Draft. Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo 2016

I’m going to admit it:

I am enjoying creating the outline for my NaNoWriMo 2016 project.

If you’re following my blog, you know I had a fantasy project in mind this year. Parts 1 & 2 are already published and available on Amazon. I was ready to finish the story and create the full novel.

While working on that outline an old idea popped into my head and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it, so much so that I’m dreaming about it. All the bits and pieces are coming together in a strange yet perfect way.

And I’m having a blast doing it.

Sacramento. The setting for my story.
Sacramento. The setting for my story.

First is the research necessary for my setting. Because I feel this story is *real* (even though it is a work of fiction) I’ve chosen to use a real city and a time in its history to set my characters and their stories. Reading about a city I love, and its sometimes grizzly past has been more than interesting. It is what keeps my story unfolding, being able to set my fictional characters into historical events gives them life. I can see them, hear them and in some cases even smell them. I am beginning to understand their actions, their movements and their beliefs.

With everything I read, the outline comes together, the beats are being filled in. With everything I imagine, my story, my characters are coming to life.

Nanci Arvizu, Writing and Reviews Editor

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