So while I was waiting for the people to show up and test my smoke detectors (they didn’t by the way) I was up and about much earlier than usual. So I went ahead and signed up for NaNoWriMo. For those not in the know that stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50k word novel by the end of November.

Now there are detractors and supporters of this event. Most of the arguments against are about how 50k words is not exactly enough for a novel, it encourages absolute crap to be written, floods the market with dreck so that publishers and agents go into hiding. On the positive, to reach the goal you have to write at least an average of 1,667 words per day for an entire month which is no walk in the park. This breeds discipline and instills the writing habit into people. Plus there’s a pretty big community, according to the website about 1500 people are signed up in Japan. Seems like a good size to me.

I’ve decided to approach this more as discipline exercise and style test. When I do writing exercises for myself I like to have rule sets. I’ve done a lot of 30 minute writing, 30 minute editing stories with a stopwatch, just for an example. So I hope to approach this more as a Novella writing month and not a novel one. But who knows what will happen? I’m still chipping away at the book I started last November after all.

So my rule set is this: 3 Acts -> 3 Sequences per Act -> 3 Scenes per Sequence

This will give me 27 scenes and to make the goal each will have to be about 1850 words a piece. I’m going to shoot for around 2000 and try to get at least one done a day so I can finish a little early.  We’ll see. Here’s what I’m thinking of for the “hook” so to speak.

Nicholas “Nick” McLeod is a freelance detective/social worker who, along with his 7-foot, blue-skinned partner, Tom, delves the depths of modern-day Tokyo’s Yokai population until one day a mysterious shadow invades his apartment and soon after the “monsters” he’s worked with in the past start turning up dead. 

So gritty-noir-crime-mystery-Japanese mythology novella. Hope it’s got legs.


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