This is going to be my first year trying out NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month has always seemed like a scary prospect to me. 50,000 is a lot of freaking words and 30 days isn’t a lot of time to get it done in (seriously? they couldn’t have picked a month with 31 days?). I’ve had really good excuses in the past. When I was in college it was just totally out of the picture. At a time of the year when finals are imminent, Thanksgiving fast approaching, and Christmas looming in the distance I couldn’t handle adding another complication. The last couple of years out of school have had good excuses too. One year I got married the month before so that left no time for planning and the other I intended to do NaGaDeMon (National Game Design Month) which was in April but that year they didn’t have the event.
So this year I’ve decided to give it a go and I’m terrified. I have an idea in mind. I started my planning with a story I’ve had on my mind for about two years now. I figured it was a simple enough plot that I could conceivably get it done in the time frame and since it was in a world of my creation I wouldn’t need to do research, the bane of many of my other story ideas. About a week into planning in October I decided to scrap the idea completely and go with a new one that came to me out of the blue while I was at work.
The story doesn’t have a title yet but I’ll welcome any suggestions. It’s about…
Lethburg, a small town in the midwest, has remained fairly unremarkable for most of history. In the past few years, though, the sudden influx of witches to the area has caused quite a stir. It went from nearly deserted to a full blown tourist trap overnight and no one can quite put their finger on how or why it happened.
Wren Bogden has lived in Lethburg for most of her life. She runs her family’s old house as an Inn but that’s not her only job. When things go wrong in town, Wren is the one to call. The so-called Magical Janitor will come in to fix misfired spells, accidental summonings, overzealous exorcisms, etc. Business has been booming lately. Is that just a side effect of the population boom or is there something else at work in this town?
I’ve decided to give the idea of “write what you know” a try. I’m basing the town of Lethburg on my own little town. I’m taking a page from Mark Twain’s book (as well as many others, I know), and making a lot of the characters loosely based on friends of mine or people I know. It’s going to have obvious fantasy elements and I’m having a lot of fun already playing around with how magic works and what kind of goofiness you could find in a magical tourist trap. But having familiar locations and people to base everything on I think will help me both write faster and more realistically.
I’ll try to keep you posted on how the process goes. I’m writing this the day before Halloween so it hasn’t started yet but by the time you are reading I will be elbows deep in the process. Let me know if any of you are trying out NaNoWriMo or have done so in the past. Any tips and tricks are welcome! Best of luck to you!
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