It’s beginning to look a lot like NaNoWriMo…
It’s halfway through September and I’m already looking ahead to November. Or should I say…NaNo-vember?
November is indeed National Novel Writing Month and I for one am planning to participate. I participated last year, but I’m actually planning to participate this year. Trust me, friend, there is a difference.
Last year, I started writing away on a novel on a half-baked concept that I spent maybe a couple days prodding with a stick before the writing began. Surprise, surprise, I lost steam around 8000 words and I lost interest around 12,000. I was nowhere near the 50k I was supposed to finish that month. It was a concept that I didn’t really have any business writing and didn’t really have any interest in writing. It was an idea that poked its toe inside my brain at just the right time to get caught. It should have been catch-and-release; this guppy was way too young.
This year, things will be different. (No one’s ever said that before, I’m certain.) This time I am writing a novel based on a concept that has been marinading in my brain for years. I have a WikidPad Wiki for the world mapped and cross-referenced. I have a draft of an outline (okay, 70% of a draft of an outline). I have a deep interest in writing this thing.
In all actuality, this is a shared world concept that I have kicked around with some WotF friends but never got off the ground. I’m still interested in sharing the world with them if they are game, but I’m just going to get the ball rolling by fleshing out the world(s) enough for a novel and leaving tons of angles hinted at but unexplored.
So why am I targeting NaNoWriMo for this instead of just pressing pen to paper right now? Well, for one, I’m not sold on my outline. I want to braid some of the story lines together more thoroughly than they currently stand. I also need to spend more time developing the world for some internal consistency. And mostly, I want a NaNo project. There’s no way I can get this novel written between now and then, especially if any other projects are to get attention. And this one has the market potential that I’ve been waiting for. The clouds are parting, the stars are aligning, and the heavens point to this story as the one. And NaNo should gave me the incentive to power through the novel with the necessary persistence. Hopefully.
Anyway, I wanted to share my NaNoWriMo intentions with everyone. If you plan to WriMo, start doing your planning now. You’ll appreciate it when November 11th hits and you can’t remember where your story was supposed to be going.