I shouldn't talk with my mouth full…

…but I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew for NaNoWriMo. My research list so far (and of course ever-changing):

  1. Time period for Naucratis
  2. Style of dress
  3. Gods and Goddesses
  4. Towns of Canaan
  5. Layout of Naucratis
  6. Ancient Libya (Cyrenaica)
  7. Cults
  8. Philosophies of the time and place
  9. Seasons and weather conditions
  10. Solar events
  11. Leaders and Kings
  12. Priests
  13. Types of food per region
  14. Heights and weights of social classes/genders
  15. Major trade items
  16. City Life/Social Life
  17. Farmer/Hunter Life
  18. Means of travel
  19. Careers
  20. Diseases
  21. Animal and plant life
  22. Laws
  23. Governments and bodies
  24. Social Hierarchies
  25. Things within the home (furnishings)
  26. Sexual and Cohabitational relations
  27. Time travel
  28. Space travel
  29. Hairstyles
  30. Assyria
  31. Essarhadon
  32. Memphis
  33. 7th through 5th Century B.C.

There’s a lot of info and detail hidden in that tiny list. And you know what? I’m fine with that. I know I should be feeling overwhelmed, and sometimes I am, but my excitement is greater. I find myself putting in more effort toward this novel than my past attempts. I’ll go ahead and admit up front that I may not finish, but I’m certain I’ll get further along than I have in the past.

I just keep reminding myself, “No one is going to write your story but you.”

-Phillip

0 thoughts on “I shouldn't talk with my mouth full…

  1. Keep letting that excitement win out. It’s what will keep you writing when you think you’re out of energy.

    My research list looks similar to this, but is woefully less organized. At least you look like you’ve got some kind of duck/row system, as opposed to my “wtf is a duck” system 🙂

    1. If your research list is less organized than this, I don’t envy you! If you seen any ducks or rows, I can assure you, it was purely by accident 🙂

  2. I think of that quote, too, whenever I put off writing for a day. Was it Neil Gaiman? I remember reading it in a nano email, and for such simple advice, it’s been surprisingly useful. Otherwise, part of me seemed to think the lucky writing fairies would come in and help finish pieces of my novel for me…now that I’m joint-writing a novel, though, that does sort of happen. Hmm. 🙂 Good luck in November!

    1. Funny, I didn’t even think that was a quote from someone else. I must have absorbed it as some point and thought it was my own! 🙂 Thanks for the luck wish and I wish you good luck on your joint-writing adventure as well!

  3. Just keep going. You’ll be surprised.

    1. Thanks Amber. I need that reminder more often than not… just keep on going.

      1. Well hear my voice echoing in your head. KEEP GOING.

        I yell a lot. Remember me yelling.

  4. […]  I had a basic idea of setting, time period, historical events, and characters. I even posted a blog entry of things to research after I finished writing. I figured I could just run with the story and make […]

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