It's time to get things started!
NaNoWriMo has begun. Fifty thousand words in thirty days, and this blog entry might not count. I have a decision - dba LTV Paranormalists will be the project, with almost 400 words written in the first twenty minutes of the month. I am a pantser, someone who tends to write at the seat of my pants. The sole exception was By the Numbers, which had an outline.
With dba LTV Paranormalists, I'm already getting surprised by my characters - Kieu has a bias against blondes; Ayel is blonde; Kristi is far smarter than originally intended. I've worked out where Kristi is from and realized that she has an older sister, Fred. Ayel is the middle child, though her older brother is off on his own career elsewhere. Her younger sister, Tiffany, is still in high school. Kieu does have a family, and they miss her terribly during the school year.
So far, only Ayel and Kristi have been introduced. I'm toying with a new style of writing that might not be sustainable through the entire series, but lets me show how the characters came together while still setting up the premise. It's an experiment, so it's allowed to fail, provided I learn from the process. Kieu should be introduced in chapter two, and the rest as needed.
The story is another serial. They're fun and bloggable. Unruly showed me that it is possible to get a serial done in NaNo without having to push a plot line out beyond what it could handle. With dba LTV Paranormalists, I'll have an overall arc for the serial - already have one in mind! - and still do smaller chapters/episodes/entries that build towards the goal without feeling disjointed.
Let the insanity begin!