NaNoWriMo 2009

I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo this year in hopes of pulling off a repeat of last year’s effort. As you know, NaNoWriMo, aka National Novel Writing Month, is where a bunch of people try to write a 50,000-word novel(la) entirely in the month of November. In other words, an average of 1,667 words per day for 30 days.

And even though it’s not a requirement to “win”, I once again plan to post one 1,667+-word chapter a day every day during November. Why? Because I can. Plus, I clearly have no compunction about foisting hastily written unedited rough drafts upon you.

This year’s effort will be science fiction, which really isn’t that different from fantasy — as long as you replace magic with sufficiently advanced technology, most people can’t even tell the difference. I haven’t written an outline, but I’ve got a bunch of jumbled-up ideas about stuff that happens. Renee can confirm I do have a premise for the A plot, at least. And even though I think the better chapters from last year were the ones where I deviated from the outline and winged it, I still need one to make sure the story keeps moving in the right direction, if only to make sure it ends at Chapter 30.

Oh yeah, I need to figure out how it’ll end. I know for sure how it’ll begin, and the stuff in the middle needs to be sorted out some, but the ending is still up in the air. I haven’t even decided whether the main character will last that long.

Deciding on a title would also probably help. At least I know one of the characters is named Dave.

But I’ve got a good 10 days or so before I need to worry about any of that. So is anyone else giving it a go this year?

2 Responses

  1. Hoorah! Paul, I can’t wait to see what you do with the idea.

    Suggested title: ‘I Can’t Do That, Dave’

  2. Surprisingly, that actually isn’t why the character in question will be named Dave, although a 2001 reference is pretty much inevitable. But I’ve said too much already.

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