National Novel Writing Month is about to start up again, and I plan to participate just as I have for the last two years.
For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, the goal is pretty simple: write 50,000 words (approximately 200 pages) during the month of November. This works out to be about 1,667 words a day. A challenging goal, but one that I am capable of meeting, as my wins in 2010 and 2011 prove.
This year will be a bit different for me than the previous years. In 2010 I wrote an initial draft of the second novel in my Gods Among Men series, …Demiurge, Unbound,…. In 2011 I focused on creating a draft of the backstory surrounding my most dynamic character, Artemis Arrowsmith. In both cases I focused on a narrative that flowed from one scene to the next.
This year my plans are more scattered and random. I have some specific scenes in the first book, At The Lady’s Behest Comes…, that need a rewrite, such the opening paragraphs. Also I have decided to alter the opening few chapters of …Demiurge, Unbound,…. And there are a variety of scenes I have yet to create which I need in the second, third, and fourth books of my series.
NaNWriMo provides an excellent opportunity to jot down quick first drafts of these scenes that I can later rework into useable material. At the very least, the exercise of writing these scenes will help flesh out details that fill gaps in my rough outline.
In addition, I plan on writing down a lot of mythology that currently exists only in my head. For example, I can specify:
- Details about how magic works
- The true history about Demiurge and the Lady
- Delve into the wars Demiurge and the Lady fought against the Daemons and the False Gods
- Explore details about the religions that have grown up around Demiurge and the Lady
- Flesh out the cultures of the Gogs and Magogs
And I also hope to use NaNoWriMo as an opportunity to create a series of musings I can later turn into blog posts. I have a variety of subjects in mind, but will let the whim of the day determine what I focus on.
These are my rough plans for the 2012 NaNoWriMo challenge. I think I have plenty to write about, but the lack of a strict narrative I think will create new difficulties for me, as will the additional demands on my time. Check back in December to see how well I managed. Hopefully I’ll have a new winner’s certificate to post on my site.