It’s official. I’ve decided to participate in the 2010 National Novel Writing Month competition this year. It’s a great event that most people come to refer to as NaNoWriMo because… well, our society just hates formality and long names. Really.
For those of you who want to check in on me over there, here’s my NaNoWriMo profile.
I have a lot of books in the works right now, but NaNoWriMo is all about starting a new project (or re-starting an abandoned project from scratch) and just pushing ahead nonstop for thirty days in an attempt to produce at least 50,000 words… a workable first draft that you can then spend time AFTER it’s written cleaning up.
It forces a person to turn off their internal editor and just produce. And that will be good for me.
So I’m not working on my Torah stuff or my Parables book or even my mystery novel! Instead, I’m dusting off an old concept I had once upon a time for a comic book/graphic novel. I have much of the story outlined, including a series bible, and I did write one twenty-two-page issue of it once upon a time… but since the artist never showed me more than a character sketch or three, it died on the vine.
I’ve never tried it as a novel, so that makes it the perfect quick-start NaNoWriMo project for me.
The story is about a high school girl with plenty of problems and when she finds out she has some extraordinary abilities, it’s more of a distraction and a pain in the rear for her than anything. She doesn’t don tights or fight crime… she lives in remote northwestern Wisconsin, after all, not New York City!
Yet her newfound powers get her in trouble and raise deeper questions for her; and forces beyond her control may push her toward dealing with her abilities whether she wants to or not!
So it’s a cross between a superhero story, suspense, and dark paranormal stuff.
Sure, it might seem like an odd project for a person studying to be a Messianic rabbi. But who ever said a person who’s serious about God and faith can’t be creative?
So I call my NaNoWriMo project EMBER. It’ll be a fun ride, and once I figure out all the widgets and stuff available from NaNoWriMo, I’ll try to have a little widget up here on my blog so that you can all track my progress through the month of November!