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NaNoWriMo: Beginnings

Posted by Stropp on November 9, 2009

They say every story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Well, mine officially has a beginning.

I spent a few hours after I wrote my last (first) NaNoWriMo post trying to work out what my story is going to be about, and have a very thin (so far) theme.

I considered going the fantasy route, possibly even some fan fiction based on one of the games that I play, but ended up deciding against that option and going for an original science fiction piece.

And since time and busyness is against me, I’m hoping to complete a long short story, or perhaps a short novella. Instead of aiming at the 1666 words per day necessary for a NaNoWriMo novel, I’ve decided to just make sure I write something each day. That might be a paragraph, or it might be a page, the point is that something is getting written and progress is being made.

Speaking of progress, tonight I put down approximately 200 words, including the first and last sentences in the story. It seems the writing Muse saw fit to give me that bit of inspiration at least. I hope she sticks around for the long haul.

Now comes the hard part.


Posted by Stropp on November 7, 2009

For the last couple of years I’ve intended to get involved in the NaNoWriMo event and spend November writing 50 to 60 thousand words on a subject of my choice — fictional of course, and probably SciFi or Fantasy.

Every year something has come up to thwart that intention. And this year ain’t no different. The contract I’m working was extended yet again at the end of September, not for one month as I expected, but for two. I was kinda hoping it was going to finish at October’s end to give me a chance to get involved in NaNoWriMo.

I did consider attempting a story in any case, but there’s always only so much one can do at the end of a day. It’s hard enough sometimes to unscramble my brain long enough to write a 400 – 600 word blog post for Stropp’s World, let alone 1600 – 2000 words. Some nights I’m not even focussed enough to play a game. I was attempting some crafting the other night in EQ2 and found myself nodding off.

What I might do, if I can come up with a idea for a plot, is to write a short story, something that won’t take quite as much effort. Perhaps some fanfic related to a game, we’ll see.

In the meantime, Syp, Ysharros, Stargrace, Scarybooster (who is attempting the task using an iPhone) and a bunch of others are attempting this epic feat. They’re definitely worth watching. No pressure guys!

Good luck to everyone!