Most of you know I’m planning on doing Nanowrimo this year. That’s a tall order for a little noodle like me, but I can’t help it. I love the invisible structure, the almost-achievable goals and the insanity that is all things Nano.
No, I don’t haunt the forums. And writer buddies? I’ve never had one before, so I don’t know how that works. All I know is the act of sitting in a chair with a laptop, an outline and word goal makes for some mad and crazy writing.
Last year was easy. I wrote a historical romance called “The Guardian.” What a blast tormenting those two poor souls! The year before, I wrote a ya fantasy called “Fairless.” Now that was a different beast. I dove in, sans outline, thinking What could go wrong?
Flash forward two years and I’m still plowing through character deficiencies and plot holes. Forget about pacing and structure. And where did I put that Smidgeon? Isn’t he important? So why did he suddenly vanish on page 43?
This year is another ya with fantasy elements. No way I am gonna wing it. This creature’s getting plotted BEFORE I sit down to write. But where to start?
I’d heard of the book How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1) by Randy Ingermanson and was curious. I downloaded it onto my Kindle and dug in. What an awesome book! I’m neither a plotter nor a panster, so this ten step method is perfect for me. I loved creating the outline so organically. My favorite step ? Describing your target audience.
Who is going to read this book and why?
Wanna hear mine? Sure you do, you’ve read this far!
“Lisa” is 17, a Junior in high school. She wishes she could write and do something as crazy as Nano, but she knows she can’t. She tries and gets bored. Let others do the work. She’ll enjoy the read. She wants contemporary adventure. Give her a strong female lead and a swoon-worthy boy. Give them huge obstacles and mostly? Give her a twist she doesn’t expect. Outsmart her. Keep her on her toes.
There. That’s the gist of “Lisa”.
When I sit down early Saturday morning to begin writing this beast I call “Drift”, my outline handy and two chocolate bars unrwapped and ready to go, you can bet your sweet bippidy I’m going to have Lisa in mind every step of the way.
So, who’s your target person? Care to share?
Cheers to all of you-