Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sex, Sex, Sex

So far I have written 20,255, which is 252 more words than the 20,003 I needed by the end of today to stay on track.

Here’s a little summary of The Great American Novel, which is called Happenstance:

Thirty named characters so far, with a minimum of six more needed. Of these, three are already dead, two quite horribly.

Four named towns. I only highlight this because usually names get me stuck. I can procrastinate for weeks over finding the one perfect name for someone or someplace. By the time I find it I’ve forgotten what I am writing.

I have a midget, a slave, gay guys, and gory deaths. But there are no naked scenes (the two naked dead guys don’t count.) I’m saving the graphic sex for when I need a good laugh.

I think I just now picked my hero, but I may switch him with the one I thought would be the hero two days ago. I can choose from a lot of men before I’m done. Choice is a good thing.

My heroine has to choose a hero too and she can’t decide either, just like I can’t decide if this is a romance, a murder mystery or a romantic kill fest.

My bad guy is so well hidden so far that even I don’t know who he is.

I’ve done a dream scene, a story within the story, my dialogue sucks and I’ve used one form of is/was in almost every sentence I’ve written. But other than that, I’d say things are going along swimmingly.


  1. I always save sex, graphic or otherwise, for when I need a good laugh. And I don't just mean in my writing.

    Good work Nessa. If, when it's done, you would like someone to read it oer and offer some comments, let me know.

    I'll be gentle. Probably.

  2. PTB: Sex is pretty damn funny. Thanks, Bo. I might just take you up on it. But I'm telling you, it's crap.

  3. Write it now. Clean it later. Dang. That's good advice. I should take it!

  4. Sounds like a real page turner! =)

  5. Good job, Nessa, being over quota.

    Your Happenstance summary sounds like something I'd like to read...especially if it falls anywhere in the

    "romance, a murder mystery or a romantic kill fest"

    area - I like that!

  6. Any chatroom action?

    Have you read a good novel based on a chatroom?

  7. by the way, "Sex, Sex, Sex," as you titled this post, would make a interesting title for your GAN; you can't help but pay attention...

  8. Nessa, isn't nearly every first draft supposed to be crap?

    Then you edit, then you home, then you get picky with words.

    At least, Virginia Woolf thought so, and she oughta know.

  9. Oops, I meant hone, not home. (see, first draftitis)

  10. Isn't that just like your typical heroine...not being able to make up her mind! lol I like mysteries! All good thoughts! :)

  11. Good for you doing the NaNoWriMo! Will you let us see a little snippet here? Good luck in the writing and as you know, sex sells!

  12. Wait a minute, read your sidebar after the fact...never mind.

  13. No novel is complete without a midget and a couple of gay guys. You're just cooking right along! Great job!

  14. It sounds too exciting for words! I love your twisted mind...and we'll be the judge of the crap factor! Bring it!

  15. Quite a support group you have going. I left a message at storytime.Just have fun with the ideas, see where they take you! Best wishes.

  16. Wow, you are planning some kind of writer's orgy with this thing. Go for broke, Nessa. Don't fret about the dream scene, it will come together. Speaking of dream scenes, I need to post the dream I had last night. I was trying to convert people to Judaism with all the circumsision and barmitzfa stuff to replace baptism. I also had feet with neat little pouches just above the arches, where I would store snacks, like cheese slices.

    I think you should try to work these things into your story somehow.

  17. Sex sells...Maybe you could have a chapter entitled: Between the Sheets...

  18. I don't know why, but I laughed HARD when I read this ... I can't wait to read the book. There's far too few completely random best sellers out there.

    I always told my friends that I'd someday direct an oscar contender, but right in the middle of the cliffhanging moment, have a big hairy gorilla come and tackle the main character. Feel free to use that in your book, maybe during one of your sex scenes ;)

  19. More sex, Nessa, and lots more violence.
    In fact, sex WITH violence, preferably consentual, but do what you gotta do.

  20. what are you doing?!

    post the graphic sex scenes HERE!

  21. Feel free to name one of the characters after me. I'll even take a naked dead guy.

  22. sounds like a great read looking forward to the end result!

    keep up the good work nessa and keep us updated to

  23. I'm quite envious, I wish I had the ability and discipline to write a novel.

  24. Thanks for your comment on my blog. I thought I was the only one who didn't know where his story was going. I have a cement guy stuck ina basement who may or may not be alive someplace else and may or may not have something to do with the government. The only good news is that mine is just for the web and I never intend to publish it anyplace else. But my dragon and the end of Pigeon Falls that's something else.

  25. I love murder mysteries with a bit of romance thrown in... kind of along the lines of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Nothing wrong with mixing the 2 genres a bit. :)

  26. I envy you the discipline to write...way to go! Sounds like it's coming along just fine.

  27. I have a midget, a slave, gay guys, and gory deaths.

    You should be getting offers from Hollywood any day now.

  28. Nessa, wherefore art thou?

    The night is lonely and the wind blows strange tidings. The moon is cold and enigmatic and I wonder, whether you know.

  29. Yeah. Enough sex. More posts. Or at least strike a balance.

  30. One of these days, when I actually get a second to sit down again, I'm going to go back and read all of this again. I'm so behind!

    Glad to hear everything is going along swimmingly... because that means your head is still above water, right?

  31. How's the book going Nessa keep us posted!

  32. Turkey, turkey, turkey!!! So there. Thanks for your visit have an enjoyable Thanksgiving day.

  33. Hi Everyone: Thanks for coming here and encoraging me.

    Mr. Fab: I live for my public.

    Quilly: Yes, Ma’m! To both.

    Se7en: Thanks. A real summer read.

    Jackie: Check on Dec 1. We’ll have a laugh.

    BB: Gosh, I don’t even know how to use those things. They scare me. With naked people on the cover.

    Jenn: We must listen to Virginia, right?

    Jenn: ; D

    Pamela: She still can’t decide.

    G: I will post the whole thing on Dec 1. The one on the side bar I’m still work on. I had that interruptis thing on that one.

    Kat: Anything to get out the numbers.

    Cindra: I may have to do some sort of Crap Meter. Oh, that could be fun.

    Pauline: Thanks. Everyone is terrific.

    Grunty: The pouch on ankles is a good idea, but I’m not sure may would take you up on a snip vs a splash.

    Swampwitch: And I still don’t have any sex (in the book, oh, wait, um, never mind.) I may leave that as the final scene.

    Anita: I think a gorilla would be perfect right now. Thanks.

    Logo: I will save it for my big finish.

    Crystal: I’ll see what I can do.

    CK: You got it. See if you can figure out which character you are. You wouldn’t sue me would you?

    Tina: Thanks. I’m getting there.

    Bazza: I’ve talked about doing this for a couple of years now. I finally said, the hell with it. It’s the process that counts, right?

    Diesel: Thanks for your help, I didn’t know.

    Dr. John: After all this time seeing your name bantered about I finally managed to visit your site. When I’m done this month I will be able to pay closer attention. Thanks for coming here.

    DaBich: I don’t know about disapline. I have to finish now. I told you all I would: D
    Dan: No, they would just turn it into some popular slock.

    Jennifer (?): How’d that happen, Jenn? I do, baby, I do. You are always on my mind.

    PTB: Sorry, things have gotten a bit away from me. Balance is a good thing.

    DCMM: I know what you mean. I have one nostril still catch some air.

    Tina: Chuggin’

    Pauline: Gobble, gobble. You, too.