Thursday, October 28, 2010

The "NaNo Mood"

Well I'm starting to get in the NaNo mood. I wasn't even aware I had one until today, seeing as this is only my second time around. But I suddenly got the urge to break out my fuzzy knitted scarf and soft faux fur hat that I seemed so fond of last year in November and just wear them around the house. Weird. I have actual writing totems that I didn't know I had. I'm wearing them right now as I type and am getting a tad nastolgic thinking about last year and excited about next month. Let me snap a picture of the items real quick. . .

So there they are in all their glory!

Another tradition I think I'm developing is buying a whole album of soundtrack songs to listen to will writing my novel. Last year I got the twilight score and soundtrack (but don't worry, no vampire made their way into my story), and later into the month the Avatar score. I've been getting the urge to get a soundtrack for a week or so now and today I finally did! I got the soundtrack to Assassin's Creed II. Despite it being a video game soundtrack it is very good and very movie soundtrack-esque sounding, more of a score than anything else. The songs on the album had more of the feel I was leaning towards and many of the songs have a thoughtful emotional edge that I'm loving, I can't wait to write to this soundtrack!

What do you guys listen to while writing? Does anyone else buy songs especially for their books? And does anyone else have certain items they use or have near them during Nanowrimo?

And guess what everyone!? I actually got some outlining done today! I've outlined up to chapter four and, believe it or not, I filled a gaping plot-hole up while outlining the prologue/chapter one! It was amazing! I had been worrying about this for awhile cause whether I could fill this plot-hole or not would decide whether Aurenna, a woman who lives in Siron's (the MC) head, would remain or be thrown out and I am rather fond of her. But now she's staying cause that worry has gone and a lot of other things have come up that could potentially fill up other plot-holes I have, so hurray! And to think I got all this from outling only four chapters! Imagine what I'll get from all the rest :D

Only 3 more days till Nano, I hope everyone is having the good luck I've happened to catch (compare this attitude to yesterday's (yes I just totally linked myself :P))

Have fun!!


Erin said...

Ooo...I love the idea of listening to the "Twilight" score and other movie scores while writing!!! I may have to borrow that idea...

I usually listen to Pandora radio, set to piano music or something fairly calm like Sara Bareilles or Matt Nathanson.

Thanks for sharing the picture of your scarf and hat! Fun.

Congrats on filling your plot hole. Keep up the good outlining work!

Claudie A. said...

I have three "writing" songs, and they play in loop during NaNoWriMo. The first is something with a fast background beat that I picked up last year in Newfoundland with a Wrimo friend. The second has lyrics about diving headlong into your writing, and the third has lyrics about an approaching deadline. I know them by heart, so they don't interfere with my plot.

Keep outlining, by the way! Three days and we are OFF!

Book Owl said...

Erin- I love getting albums for this! I'm trying not to listen to it too much before NaNo starts, it's gotta last a month you know? I tried out pandora radio a while ago but didn't like it, it would never ever find a song I was looking for, only 'similar' songs so I eventually left it.

Claudie A.- Only three? Wow, I don't think I could bear listening to three songs on loop :[ I also try to stay away from songs with words because no matter how familiar I am with the song I want to hum/sing to it XD