Come the beginning of October, I still had no idea what I was going to write during National Novel Writing Month. This was a problem. I know from experience that if I don’t have some sort of plot in advance, I can write the 50,000 words, but no useful plot happens and then I never want to revisit my work.
When I capslock-shouted about this to my friend GG, she gave me ideas. And managed to spark exactly the inspiration I needed. I’m very grateful. I think she knows that, but it’s worth stating again.
One idea I liked was trying out a TV show sort of format, writing a collection of interconnected short stories, like episodes. Somehow that seemed a whole lot easier to plot in less than a month than a regular novel, so that’s what I have prepared. I’m currently on the third story/episode of out of 13. The goal is to make them all roughly the same length, but to be honest, I don’t think I’m likely to succeed.
The overall story arc is about some people who work for a famous superhero. Said famous superhero is mostly a decent person, but also kind of obliviously doesn’t treat his employees too well. It all gradually draws to a conclusion where everyone has to deal with the big baddie who has been behind more problems than they realized. It should work. I have a spreadsheet.
I entered November way more prepared than I anticipated, considering how late I started planning, and pretty excited. I already liked my story and my characters. And it’s going pretty well. It’s a rough draft. But it’s a rough draft that I feel like I can work with, and I’m enjoying it, even though it’s making me very busy right now. It’s a great improvement on last year.
Some of my favorite prep for projects like this is making a story-related wallpaper for my laptop in hopes of it being inspiring. I’m very pleased with how this year’s turned out. It’s the sort of cool I wanted it to be, but I didn’t quite expect to pull it off.
One of the characters on there is a villain. The famous superhero is not included. That really says a lot about me, this story in particular, and my writing in general.
And the words are from this song, which I picked out as the theme song for my fake TV show.
To anyone reading this who’s doing this crazy thing with me, happy writing, Wrimos!