NaNo Day 1: Whiskey and Pixies are a recipe for success
So my NaNo adventure has begun with 2,026 words (47,974 to go). I’ve started my novel. I don’t think I’ve actually started at the beginning, but whatever, it’s going.
Last night at Dragonfly, I was fortunate enough to be in the company of some great girls and their significant others who indulged me in a little run down of what I was thinking of writing. It may have been all the martinis and sake, but they seemed to think it was an interesting premise.
My question of the day: As a novel reader, how do you feel about narration vs. dialog? Of course any novel will have lots of both, but I have always found good dialog so much more enjoyable. In fact, I hate seeing page after page of solid text, and I always want to skip ahead to see what the characters are actually saying to each other. Is that weird?
Also, I’m no Truman Capote and while a great description is helpful in setting the scene, I feel it can grow indulgent and often has more to do with an author who thinks his/her writing is spectacular.
So my first novel may have a little more dialog than is typical, and I really need to work to make sure my descriptions are as necessary as they are creative and interesting.
November 1st (Day One):
Word Count: 2,026
Music: Pixies (When is my mind, in particular)
Drink: Whiskey and Lemonade
Inspiration: Truman Capote--"THE village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there." Some seventy miles east of the Colorado border, the countryside, with its hard blue skies and desert-clear air, has an atmosphere that is rather more Far West than Middle West. The local accent is barbed with a prairie twang, a ranch-hand nasalness, and the men, many of them, wear narrow frontier trousers, Stetsons, and high-heeled boots with pointed toes. The land is flat, and the views are awesomely extensive; horses, herds of cattle, a white cluster of grain elevators rising as gracefully as Greek temples are visible long before a traveler reaches them."
--Opening paragraph of In Cold Blood