Have you ever wanted to watch a writer at work?
Beginning on November 2, I will vlog my writing session as I work on the first draft of Moonwater Beach, the sequel to Inn Lak'ech: A Journey to the Realm of Oneness.
Since November happens to be National Novel Writing Month, I will attempt to reach a goal of 50,000 words, designating each Monday as "Moonwater Monday."
Setting the "stage"
I use to fantasize about writing in my private library, sitting at a huge desk surrounded by floor-to-ceiling stacks of dusty old books. But I found I require lots of elbow room when I write, so I don't like clutter.
Here's what it looks like today with lots of "stuff," including remnants from my birthday last week. (See the purple steel tongue drum and rainbow roses?) I write and podcast on one half of my L-shaped desk and create my arts and crafts on the other.
Today I will clean and organize my desk. Anything I don't need for writing (like my "IN" basket for mail) gets stashed underneath! Moonwater Beach is Visionary Fiction, so I'll be adding a little bit of crystal and light magic here and there. Check out the results next Monday!
For inspiration, the first thing I did was to create the front cover of the book with Canva. It's a free design program and it helps make the story real to me. Afterwards, I changed my computer's screensaver to the Moonwater Beach cover, so it is always on my mind.
I also created a Moonwater Beach collage card (featuring Snow and some of the book locales.) Usually, I copy and paste my images onto cardstock, but my printer decided not to print the blue colors, even though I just installed a new Cyan ink cartridge. (Thank you, Mercury-in-Retrograde.) Until my printer is well again, I created the entire collage with Canva as a PNG image.
To keep all my research in one place, I created a secret Moonwater Beach board on Pinterest, based upon my characters and settings. (I had created boards for Inn Lak'ech and Seaglass Christmas and it was a godsend.)
At the time of this writing, I have nearly 500 pins. Here's how it looks thus far:
My writing tools
I never know when (or where) I'll get an idea, so I have plenty of notepads and Pilot Precise V5 extra fine point pens scattered throughout the house. (Yes, I've tucked them under my pillow, too.)
Recently, I discovered the joys of stone paper, a great alternative to wood pulp. It may sound rough, but it feels lovely—like silk!
I'll be typing directly on Vellum (with my trusty Mac desktop computer) because it inspires me to see my writing already in book format, although sometimes I may switch to Scrivener. One of the great things about Scrivener is you can save your reference links.
Can't forget my Lucky puppy good luck charm! He's my one-inch mascot, named after a book I had as a kid, called Lucky Puppy. (It was a spinoff of 101 Dalmations.) Lucky was carved from a Dalmation Stone to bring positivity, joy, and clarity of purpose.
Okay, I'm all set for NaNo. "See" you on November 2!