Stargrace is participating in something called National Novel Writing Month, in which participants challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. It’s an awesome program, and I wish her the best of luck and the greatest encouragement with it. Her page for the project is HERE, so be sure to check that out and offer support and encouragement.
I considered participating myself, but after thinking about it, I’m an egomaniac and would like to write something that I can, at least potentially, get published. Confining the writing of the thing to 30 days isn’t very compatible with that. My thinking is that if Terry Goodkind can get published and make millions, there’s damn well no reason why I can’t do it. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, but I’ve never really gotten started.
I have thus embarked on the writing of a fantasy novel of comparable length to what one expects from that genre nowadays. (I figure that as 2-300K words.) My goal is 500 words a day of actual writing – that’s roughly a page a day, well under what NaNoWriMo requires – which is pretty doable and should see the work finished in a reasonable amount of time. I have a setting already worked out in rather a lot of detail, something I’ve been developing off and on for quite a while.
I am not going to clutter up this space with fiction. I may post select excerpts from it over on the dedicated blog, and occasionally point to it from here, or mention how the overall progress is going, if there’s any interest. The effort may or may not have an impact on my normal blogging, although the act of blogging for the last year and a half has managed to prove to me that I actually can get some writing done just about every day.
For now, I offer the following: It will be story set in a fantasy world, one hopefully less Tolkienesque than most, and will be a tale of mystery, of ancient secrets, of war and insurrection, set against a background of feuding gods and a menace older than creation itself. I have a servicable but skeletal outline and about 1600 words written so far. Wish me luck.