The above image is one of my winner’s badges I got in 2009. I’m such a nerd and I’m so proud of myself!
I’m addicted to NaNoWriMo. It’s National Novel Writing Month and it’s every November. What you do is write a 50,000-word novel in one month. That equals about 1,667 words per day. It sounds hard and it really is.
The hardest thing for me is coming up with a good plot, not the writing itself. My two previous NaNo novels (I’ve written Onan in 2008 and Daniel in 2009) were difficult to write because the characters and plot were so new to me. I was used to writing stuff like XIII and Cain where I know the characters and what’s generally going to happen so I can be more confident in the writing itself.
This year, for 2010, I currently am fighting between two very terrible ideas:
1. The Archivist: It would be about this creepy high school girl (for some reason, all my stories revolve around high school, even though I’ve been out for nearly four years now) who collects artifacts around school like random notes passed in class, roll sheets, tests, school newspapers, and claims to know everything about her fellow students. I think it would be neat, but require a lot more plotting and interesting things happening. I know I have to put a character through hell to make stories interesting.
2. Cigaro: I know the title will probably change, but this is an idea that I developed when I was a senior in high school sometime around the fall of 2005. It’s going to be about a boy who is a real ladies’ man and all the ladies who are competing for his attention. I want the boy to be somewhat evil and the girls to be always fighting amongst each other, but at the same time, get to know each other and become friends. I had a list of all their names (most of them were based off girls I knew in high school) and they were all monosyllables. Something easy to write and remember. I had parts of this story written down in play format and I also had some in regular novel format; I don’t know which I want.
Or I may come up with an entirely different idea. There’s a lot of time between now and November. All I know is that, no matter what happens, I will make time to write (AND FINISH) another novel.
1,667 words a day of a scribbled rough draft isn’t really asking too much. It’s the revision that’s time-consuming and irritating, but that’s a blog for another day.