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Day 2 of NaNoWriMo 2011: Theme

2 Nov

My friend posted this quote from Stephen King on her Facebook page today and it got me to thinking about themes.

If you are on track today (clocking in around 3,334 words), you’re waist deep in the novel’s “set-up.” Somewhere among those character introductions and launching the main plot line, lurks the theme of your novel. Someone, usually not the main character, will make a statement or ask a question that isn’t obviously important, but will mean everything later on (oh hai, character growth): be careful what you wish for; family is more important than money; things are not always as they appear.

For those of us who write by the seat of our pants (me) and don’t outline, it’s hard to pick out that one line of dialog at this stage and say most definitely THIS is the theme. I could point to a few completely differing statements right now. However, after reading Stephen King’s quote this morning, I’m feeling a lot better about the vagueness of my theme, because I do know my work-in-progress is about the importance of family, trust, and learning to ask for help. For now, as I race towards Act II, that’s good enough.

So, my fellow WriMos, which themes are in your novels?

Camp NaNoWriMo

15 Jun

A creative writing teacher told me about NaNoWriMo back in 2003; I’ve attempted and failed miserably every year since then. Between diving 650 miles to see my family, the holidays themselves, and the trip back, I can’t commit to writing 1,667 words a day. But now the people over at NaNoWriMo have something for folks like me. CAMP NANOWRIMO!

The rules remain the same: write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, which breaks down to 1,667 words per day. The month slated for the festivities is yet to be announced and the website for Camp WriMo isn’t fully functional, but don’t let this dishearten you. Watch out for updates and announcements on NaNoWriMo’s main page.

My prediction is Camp WriMo will take place in August. If you want something sooner, there is an unaffiliated JulNoWriMo to sate your novel-in-a-month needs. They are in their seventh year and would love to have you.

I’m torn between taking the July plunge or waiting for Camp WriMo later in the summer. Maybe I’ll do both. I have a newly started novel that could use the JulNoWriMo boost. Then I could work on something completely different for Camp WriMo.

What are your writing plans for the summer? Will it be one or the other? Both or neither?