Daily Archives: November 6, 2009


While Eric approaches storytelling and world building from a systematic point of view, my end of the process is much less quantifiable.

I don’t know how many times I watched The Talented Mr. Ripley and Se7en while writing Model Species. Not every project has such a recurrent and apparent playlist, but if I think hard enough about it I can probably come up with a few things that factor into every book. These aren’t direct influences, but little pieces of inspiration that feed into my mushy, vague writer’s brain.

So far this NaNo project, the RCJ471 project, has several inspirational tidbits:

For the first two days of NaNoWriMo, I wrote in the mornings. That quickly changed, and I’ve swung to a later afternoon/evening schedule. Not ideal, but there’s nothing for it. I want to hit 12,500 by about noon tomorrow.Getting to 11,669 by the end of today would be nice, but is ambitious.