Nail Down Your Fears With A Steak Knife
As I’m writing Third Daughter, my steampunk fantasy romance NaNo novel, I’m having bouts of terror because 1) I love steampunk, but I really have no idea what it is, 2) I’m writing 19th century Indian Steampunk in an alternate universe, which apparently only THREE other people in the known universe have done, and 3) I’m not feeling the voice yet. It’s really the last one that scares me, but it’s related to the first two. So, I sat down and free wrote until I realized my fear was that this story would take more research than I expected, and I didn’t have time to do that AND write the story. I pinned that fear to the table with my pen, went to the library for some research materials (see above picture of library booty), and already feel better about the story. In other words, I trusted my process, which at the moment was demanding more research. (See the second tip.)
I hope these tips will help you get through your NaNo writing, or whatever writing mountain you’re currently climbing.
I’m off to watch a DVD called Vanity Fair:
“The corsets and high waists of the 19th century meet the lush colors and visual splendor of India…”
Okay, maybe FOUR people have actually written about this before… and I believe I can be the fifth. 🙂