Here we go.
I’ve done it.
For the first time, this is happening.
I signed up for NaNoWriMo 2015. You know, that thing where countless authors pledge to write 50,000 words or more in the 30 days of November. Being tracked by their website.
Why did I sign up this year?
Why not? Currently, I’m slacking off at working at any of my writing pieces, to be honest. A lull that happens at times. So I figures committing to this annual thing might do me and my lazy mind some good. Hell, worst that can happen is the humiliation of not crossing the finish line. But it might just make things sizzle once again in my briter-wrain (I actually just typed that). Err, writer-brain.
What am I going to write?
I have four essential ideas.
- Something completely new. An urban-fantasy thriller in a setting I would like to call Manapunk. That’s an idea I had for a while, where I combine ancient mysticism with modern science.
- Epic Fantasy. Something I’ve been working on for bit now. I’m about 16,000 words into a novella-type of thing here, so it would give me a good head start. However, I have some certain ideas for that piece (and the series it’s meant to be), so I might not touch it at all.
- My fully finished first draft of my Urban Fantasy working-titled “Champion’s Trials“, where the Champion of the Underworld has to overcome some supernatural terrors to save not only the world, but the Underworld as well. It’s over 80,000 words strong, but requires a MAJOR rewrite. NaNoWriMo would allow me to begin working on that rewrite while participating at the very event at the same time. Smart, eh?
- A short piece of flash fiction I wrote a while ago, The Drop. Cyberpunk Sci-Fi. I had a bigger idea for that piece back when I first wrote it. Could pick that up, too.
In fact, #4 is the one I picked so far. Because the Manapunk idea is too vague at this time, and it would require a lot more research than I’m able to commit to right now. And the Epic Fantasy one, as I said, is planed to be executed differently than being one single novel, but rather a collection of shorts of sort. And the finished Manuscript, well, I just don’t want to do it this way.
So. That only leaves me with the Sci-Fi piece, The Drop.
And this is what you can see right here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/inachyl
I change the main characters name from Brook Masters to Cade Stern. Reason for that is that I use the name Brook(e) in that epic fantasy piece, where it just seems to fit better to that character (strange how one can become so attached to the name of a character). Cade is a name I found thanks to Scrivener’s epic function: Name Generator. I like it because it could sound like Kate/Cate, but spells differently. It looks good written down, and it suits the character it’s attached to.
If I don’t happen to get some crazy idea different from that, I will do my darnedest to write some kind of outline, sketch up some character concepts, etc, and you will have the honour to read about that right here, the moment it happens.
Consider yourself lucky.
My plan is to blog about the experience with NaNoWriMo—not daily, but maybe a summary once a week, or a few times a week. With excerpts, issues, road blocks, awesome moments, whateverthehellcomesup.
This could be great.
Could be bad.
But it should be fun. Will be fun.