Sunday, October 17, 2010

NaNoWriMo Prep Part 1

I haven't been spending a lot of time writing lately as I've been trying to prepare for NaNoWriMo (and midterm exams and essays!). The past two years I participated in NaNo ('08 and '09, both successfully) I wrote two novels I had always wanted to write and had had ploted out for years, I just needed to write them. I started preparing for NaNo in August both of those times. This year I have no plans whatsoever. I'm starting to panic now that I'm getting messages with 'T-14 days til November!' in the subject line. It's a little worrying, because I know no matter what happens I'll push myself so I win NaNo. I just don't have any plans or ambitions this year. I've been slowly forcing out some ideas just to try and kickstart my imagination, I'm going to ramble on for a bit now to see what I come up with...

I have four characters right now, all probably in their twenties. Ariel, Ruth, Hadley and Benjamin. They've been good friends for not sure how long. Hadley and Benjamin are engaged. Ariel is quiet librarian, Ruth is an 'independent woman', Hadley is a tomboy messenger and Benjamin is going to be inspired by Tom Milsom.

The setting is probably Earth, possibly a dystopian story or an alternate universe. The only mode of transportation is bicycle, no motorized vehicles. The largest cities have 600 000 people. It's possibly futuristic but minimalistic. Something wiped out the larger population? Something destroyed the large cities? The urban centres? Nobody remembers? Concentration of disease? Who knows what happened or what actually is, not me yet.

Travel is involved. To London, Tokyo, New York. Frightening abandoned desolate places. Dark and shadowy, but swarming with these new creatures, these children counterparts, or monsters, or something new...

I know there is an idea in my head that I want to get out and write it out and explore it but I cannot figure out what it is and I feel myself getting closer writing that last paragraph but I still haven't chipped away enough at the idea to figure out what it is I truly want to write. The stuff I wrote above isn't quite it, but I'll keep scribbling out ideas in this vein until I uncover it.

A ghost story. A frightening story, something eerie and haunting...I'm getting there. Maybe I won't figure it out until November comes and I start writing and suddenly I have a story. That could be fun. I don't think I need to worry so much...NaNo will reveal my idea. A properly freewritten novel could be good for me, I'd like to see what comes out.

Writing all this out makes me want to stop planning and see what comes...I think maybe I'll make a playlist that invokes the mood I want to go for and let it inspire me. To me this is exciting and daring. Not quite living on the edge, but for once really letting my imagination go and take me wherever it may...should be fun. :)

It will be interesting to see if I actually use any of these ideas come November or if I go with something altogether...I like to use NaNo for testing out fun and new and different and weird ideas, though, and maybe not planning is the way to go this year. I can still hit 50K without a plan. Yes. I can do it. I hope. We'll see what happens.

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