First things first, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year. But I am doing a Creative November.
What does that mean?
Well, a bit of writing everyday.
It doesn’t have to be main story stuff. Could just be a bit of worldbuilding, some character work or expanding on some in-world terminology.
I’m using a new notebook I treated myself to a week or so ago. I’m a whore for a new notebook. 🙂
So, yesterday I put the first few hundred words down on a new story. It has no proposed length but I have an end(of sorts) in mind.
There’s no pressure, just committing some mental resourses to something I used to enjoy. Also, it’s good for the mental health to have something to do that isn’t just the mundane housework.
What’s the story?
It’s starting as a police procedural type on a distant, recently settled world. I have some mad ideas to add to it. No wizards or giant robots though. I don’t think it’s that kind of tale. 🙂
In recent years I’ve been dodging NaNoWriMo as I’ve not really seen its worth, or not worthwhile for me, at least. (NaNoWriMo, for those who don’t know, is National Novel Writing Month. A challenge to write a 50,000 word novel, or 50k words of a novel, through the month of November. I successfully finished it, I think, in 2008.) And that was my intention for 2020.
But, as is the case sometimes, I have a story idea that I just can’t shift.
It came as a title.
I think, if I remember correctly, that I was looking at ghost story novels and collections, and the title popped into my head. I had no inkling that it was going to be a working title of anything. That happened over the course of a few days.
And then I thought to myself, “Maybe I should try NaNoWriMo this year?”
So, there we are. 🙂
And the tinkering with story ideas and doing some writing fits nicely with 356 Days Of Writing. More on that later.