I will admit that I have not kept up with my writing goal of 1,667 words per day. No, I'm not giving up on NaNoWriMo, but I am gonna go out on a limb here and let myself, the usual idealist, be a realist for a moment and reveal to you that I believe that I won't be able to finish writing 50,000 words of The Water Bringer in only a month. I knew that was a crazy word goal when I started this, and I still believe it is.
All that said, sadly sickness and work at the bookstore and plot-holes have taken over my life this past week and I've not written one single word since the fourth of November. (I cannot believe I just said that on here, albeit truthful!)
Since I've not been writing research is what I've been doing in the absence of crafting together words...
While I was sick I watched a TON of movies, and I must say that as a writer watching worlds come to life before your very eyes that were once a pool of words too is a brilliant place to find inspiration. It's like movies house inspiration for me or something! So, I thought I'd share with you about what I've been doing for research for 'The Water Bringer' since I haven't been writing on the actual novel as of late.
My Research Materials & Inspiration Found
The Lord of The Rings Sountracks
Illuminations by Josh Groban
There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
A Novel Idea by various authors
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson
My Heart's in the Lowlands by Liz Curtis Higgs
Grimm's Fairy Tales by The Brother's Grimm
The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures by John & Caitlin Matthews
The Frog Princess and Other Tales Illustrated by Nikolai Ustinov
The Ice Dragon by E. Nesbit
This site has proven to be the biggest and best resource I've used so far for my novel. They have excellent resources on Celtic myths as well as every other mythology that you can possibly imagine. Really you CAN wiki anything!
There are a bazillion-and-one ideas and loads of inspiration on this site if you'll only look. Just type in Scotland for instance, or whatever else strikes your fancy, into the search bar and your off! I have a WHOLE NaNoWriMo board for my novel ideas. Check out my inspiration for TWB HERE
( <<< This is one of Jared's characters called "Voice" and it is also his original art piece. You can find his art gallery HERE)
Now I doodle occasionally and will sketch out maps for my worlds sometimes, but admittedly I'm no great artist. My awesome boyfriend is though, PTL! Jared actually helped me conceptualize a scene in my novel and then being the sweet 'n' handsome 'n' artsy man that he is he sketched out the whole scene for me. It is brilliant and hilarious and I adore the sketch to pieces! I can't wait to go see him again soon so we can work on some more scenes and sketches of my characters together (of course I'll be the mega author brain and he'll be the awesome artist guy brain on the case!)
This I think has been the most important thing on my writing journey so far: Writing Friends. They are there to ping ideas off of and to bring encouragement and they are truly invaluable. The talks and e-mails and chats that I've shared with my fellow writing companions have proven to be such a blessing to me. I'm so glad to have as many nerdy and fairy tale loving writer friends as I do who are willing to talk myths and story and dialogue and books with me all day long. Thank you for letting me share my pieces of my novel-world with you and for sharing yours with me! (YOU ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE)
I really want to know...
- How do you research for your writing projects/novels?
- What kind of music do you listen to while writing?
- What is your NaNo (or non nano) novel about?
- What are some great reads that I should be reading?
- What is your favorite fairy tale of all time?
So why not pick a question to answer or be uber daring and answer them all, but PLEASE don't be shy!