Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Your Primary Mission
At the advice of several of my family members, I'm going to throw my hat in the ring again this year and participate in NaNoWriMo.
I looked back on my past participation and realized that I started in 2005. I completed my novel in '05 and '06. I didn't compete in '07 and I fell short in '08 and '09. In the last five years I've participated four times. I hadn't realized, partially because in '08 I fell so miserably short and only really worked on it for about two weeks out of the month.
My '09 effort was pretty good, but I just couldn't finish. I really do like the story and made some effort to finish in December, but you know the holidays and all.
This year has been such a drain on the emotions that despite the very little amount of writing I've actually done, I think NaNo would be a welcome escape. With this in mind I intend to write something uplifting and cheerful.
I had flirted with writing a horror novel, since I seem to do pretty well with those, but as I mentioned, the year has been dark enough as it is. I do have a very good plot and set of characters developed for a horror story, but I've had them for a while and since they still tickle my imagination now, I'm sure they'll keep for a year more.
I have posted a poll. I have had fairly poor responses to polls, and it's getting a bit late in the preparatory month, but I'm going to do it anyway and see what it gets me.
Should I write a children's fantasy, I have a good start with Seekretya? Should I write an adult fantasy, my Heavy Magic work could be parleyed into that, or would a fantasy comedy be better? Should I write a children's or Young Adult mystery (not involving a murder)? If the mystery is lighthearted and comedy leaning it might be bright enough.