Something I have always been interested in is reading. There is so much detail, depth, intrigue and narrative in a good book that just can’t be portrayed in any other medium. When I was younger, I began writing a fantasy novel and never finished it. I believe it got to about 4000 or 5000 words before I moved on to other ways to spend my time. Throughout Primary school and high school I always read, but never tried writing again. In my second year of university one of the elective courses I could take was “The Short Story”.
It would be a bit of a tall tale to say that course made me fall in love with writing again. I enjoyed it, however I only achieved a passing grade. The tutor didn’t seem to like the hap-hazard style of writing I employed. This was mostly because I did it all the night before, and never had a plan.
After working full time for three years, I have been looking to branch out and extend myself. This is where NaNoWriMo comes in. National Novel Writing Month started in America by the Office of Letters and Light and has spread to a world-wide literary undertaking. The basic premise is to write a novel of greater than 50000 words within the month of November. I believe this is something that I want to attempt.
To do this, I need an idea which I believe is original enough to build an interesting story out of. I will also need a solid plan, and time each day to write the required 1613 words to hit the deadline. Recently I have been reading the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, and I have fallen in love with the characters and the quirky, left-and-a-little-behind-centre-field way they are portrayed and interact with the world. I think I want to try and write comedy.
Have a think about the genre, I believe it will be a real challenge to keep the book light and funny while still keeping the story entertaining and deep. I want to challenge myself. I don’t consider myself a very funny person but I believe I have a good understanding of logic, and can use that to my advantage.
Leading up to the month I want to maintain my blog a bit more often than I have been, and to get used to writing a serious amount of text down. Ideally, I would like to write five to ten thousand-word-long posts before November, so I can understand exactly how long it takes me to write, and pick up any flaws in my plan.
Assuming I can do it, I’m not sure what I would want to do with the end result. If people like it, there might be self-publishing. This is something that I can worry about after the fact.