I am slowly dropping behind the NaNoWriMo goal, but I’m not to concerned at the moment. As long as I keep writing it does not matter how many words I get down, and I’m hoping to get caught up nicely next week.
Working on Project Apollo for NaNo has been a bit of a blessing in disguise because it has made me realise just how much more I need to work to get to where I want to be as a writer. Depth of universe is the biggest that I am thinking off at the moment. Project Apollo has a pretty big universe that we’re (Me and Owen) not playing in, but one that we’re building. This is where the headaches are beginning because with each new chapter comes a whole new level of this world. It’s in the same universe as The Space Watch (Project Delphi) so its science fiction with alien species and cultures to look at as well as where humanity has ended up. Project Apollo is also a big story with a lot of little sub-plots and character back stories to drip feed into the story. Now, I am worried that I’ll be putting in too many of these little details but I hope that they add to the story and add depth and richness to the characters.
One of the things that I’ve learnt about myself as a writer is that I write quite good (I hope they’re good) short stories and writing anything longer is not something that I have really done. Me and Owen have Project Phoenix buried where no one will ever see it, well not that draft anyway, but that is still the only novel length work that I, as an individual writer. Or me and Owen, as a partnership, have attempted to write. Okay, there have been other attempts but they never got far from the start line. Project Apollo is one of those and this is the farthest that we have eve gotten with it and I am very confident that this time we can make it work. It needs to be finished though and even now we will need to go back and add many details and story lines to make it all work so it will be a while before this one will be off to Beta readers, let alone off to any eReader. This will be the first novel length story since Project Apollo that me and Owen will have tackled, although he is not playing a huge part in this at the moment when we came to look at it next year that is when Owen will add his magic to the story and that will be when it all smooths out and the larger universe, things that I often miss and do not think of will be added into the story and finish it off.
This is not the best way for me and Owen to get our writing sorted, we’re working on finding a much smoother way to be more productive 🙂