November is officially six days away. How exciting! (And dreadfully overwhelming!) So, this means I only have six more days to prepare for the writing insanity known as National Novel Writing Month.
What do I have to do in the next six days to prepare?
- Finish grading my students’ papers. (That shouldn’t be too bad, considering it’s only a few paragraphs by each student… all 78 of them…)
- Finish those final alterations to novel #1 and hand it over to my husband for (hopefully) the final review before I unleash it on my poor friends and family.
- Get a better idea of where this story is going. I might be a pantser, but I don’t want to get stuck.
- Learn how to write like a guy.
The last one has amounted to an interesting journey during the last couple of weeks. As I’ve mentioned before, I know that each of my narrators need to sound different. Developing the first voice was easy because it’s mine. The second is more difficult but it is still a girl. This time, I’m leaping out of my comfort zone. This narrator–this first person narrator–is a guy.
Perhaps I am overthinking things–it’s easy to do when your dad works in mental health and you know that psychologically men and women do have distinct differences–but this is something I’ve never done for an entire novel. It’s a new adventure. And to prepare for this adventure, I’ve been doing some research.
I’ve reread works written by men. I’ve taken note of how much they talk about thoughts, actions, and emotions so I can see what the balance is.
I’ve talked to my husband and brother about it. Neither of them are writers. However, my brother is an avid reader and enjoys studying psychology, sociology, and anything that has to do with understanding people; and my husband is my writing partner and is very perceptive. And they both are guys. :)
And I’ve done what only we writers think of doing: I asked several friends and relatives (who are guys) to write a handful of journal entries so I can analyze their prose. Though they gave me strange looks, they agreed and should be turning in their work in the next day or two. I think this will be the most helpful since the novel is just a compilation of the narrator’s letters and journals, and he is rather like my friends–just an ordinary younger man. He just finds himself in unusual circumstances.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? If so, how are you preparing?