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Tabula Rasa

NaNoWriMo sounds like a great big challenge. And I like a good challenge. Although I prefer those that I know I can actually win. Starting out with a blank page on November 1st is something I can already envision. Stretching my arms and fingers, cracking a few knuckles without meaning to... And yet, my worst fear is ending November 1st with an equally blank page.

I've stared tossing ideas around in my head. So far, I think I may have a protagonist. I think I know her age and her family circumstances - although some details aren't fixed yet - and I think I know what her 'thing' is. I don't want to call it a problem, because it isn't, and I don't want to call it a gift, because I don't want to splash any paranormal or supernatural stardust over anything that I haven't decided to be paranormal or supernatural yet.

While I'm milling over these basics and wondering what ingredients I can start adding to that story so that it will develop into something bigger, there is also a niggling doubt... About another character that I thought of months ago, someone who also doesn't have a proper story yet. I know I want to write about her too, but I just can't see what's happening to her yet.

And then there is story number three, an entirely non-fictional tale that might be destined to take some sort of shape on paper some day too. That story has a way more personal nature and I'm not even sure I want to give away too much about it. Not just now, not just yet.

So as I get myself ready to go to bed - hopefully with a better night's sleep than my previous - I'm going to pick up my train of thoughts where I left off yesterday and the day before that and the day before that, wondering what might be going on with my main character and trying to come up with the all important answer to the question: why is that happening to her?

Good night.

In Translation


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