I started my preparations for this year’s NaNoWriMo by declaring to myself that I wasn’t going to participate. I’d done it for the past two years. In my first year I got about 3 days into it before realizing just how desperately behind I was and giving up. Last year I managed to complete my word count but ended up with something that is a bit of a jumbled mess.
This year I wasn’t going to do it. There was just too much going on. The government shut down putting my wife out of work for a good portion of the month. My son broke his arm the same day the government shut down. At the beginning of the month I was working hard to get a game prepped for DC Gameday which I’ve already written more than enough about. On top of that were two major home repairs and the general preparations of cleaning the house for the baby who will be arriving early next year.
So here we are at the end of October and much of that has calmed down and honestly I could use a little distraction from all of that stuff. My son has discovered writing on his own and despite being only able to use his right hand, my little leftie has been working hard on writing a book of his own. This weekend he had me stable the 5 pages of his book together. If I can encourage him to do his own writing along with Daddy then all the better.
As with my DC Gameday game, I’m going with an idea that has been sitting in the back of my head for a while. My plan is to put a group of Sword and Sorcery style warriors through their paces. It doesn’t feel particularly original, but I feel that if it is going to be something that’s just going to languish on my hard drive (like last years) then do something that’s fun and fluffy and gives me a chance to do the ‘unoriginal’ writing. Additionally, with a ‘party’ style story, the important part will be the interaction of the various characters rather than their specific quest.
Once I get into it, I’m sure the quirky ideas will start to flow. I’m still shaking my head about the cultists chapter that I wrote last year. Weird pagan rituals are weird.
If you’re reading this and would like to follow my progress, you can follow me here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/plus1sword
And if you’re doing your own, let me know so I can check on you as well.