Gearing up for NaNoWriMo!

Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your hats, because I’m about to drop a bombshell that specializes in blowing hats off people’s heads. And that bombshell, my friends, is that …


NaNoWriMo starts in two weeks!

Everyone still hatted? Excellent.

I don’t remember much about last year’s NaNo, a fact which leads me to assume that I failed spectacularly at creating the necessary 50k words to achieve ULTIMATE VICTORY!

This year, however, will be different. I came up with a kicka** idea yesterday in the shower, and I’m getting pretty psyched about writing it. It’s going to involve college, superheroes, and (potentially) evil twins. I’m thinking it’s going to end up being some sort of sci-fi thriller mystery combo, which will be fun, as I’ve never attempted such a genre before. It’s also going to be quite dark, which I’ve dabbled with in the past and had quite a lot of fun with, despite it not being my usual cheery style.

The tentative title I’m going with is “The Nemesis Contract”, which I think sounds suitably menacing. There’s a mini-series of comics that share that name, but as far as I know, titles can’t be copyrighted. Is that correct?

So I will officially be participating in NaNo this year. I can’t promise I’ll succeed, or even get past the first few days, but I’ll definitely give it a shot. I’ve gotten woefully behind on my writing these days, and I figure NaNo’s a good way to get back on the literary horse (whom I have named “Diction-neigh-ry”).

All aboard the NaNo train!!! Who’s with me?


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23 thoughts on “Gearing up for NaNoWriMo!

  1. Hail, fellow Wrimo! We who are about to write or die salute…somebody.

    Superheroes and darkness? Awesome! Sounds like the sort of place my muse took me last year, in stark contrast to what I’ve come planned for this year, i.e., a practically realistic fiction piece (?!?!?) which involves a lot of rambling in the woods. Here’s hoping for all kinds of fun for both of us. And — y’know, secondarily — success!

    • Hail! I’ve been reading Battle Royale recently, so I have a feeling my NaNo story’s going to end up fairly bloody. Ah well. As for yourself, dear madam, a realistic fiction piece in the rambling woods? Sounds LOTR-ish, if LOTR took place in the real world. OR DID IT?????

  2. Another fellow Wrimo here. All signed up for year four. Good luck to you all. But, two weeks? Ekkkk

  3. Good luck. I’m tempted to join but my next book is a thriller and I’m running out of time to get my structure and research finished.
    Having just finished a political thriller set in the near future, the things I found most challenging was picking out technology and behaviours that are likely to change and those that would remain the same, and the other was coming up with similes appropriate for this future world that would also mean something to the reader. It is a lot if fun, though, looking at what is happening today and extrapolating this forward in your writing. Good luck!

    • That’s the problem I’ve run into with sci-fi — predicting the future is so hard! And the problem is that you predict one thing, and then before you can even publish the book, some new technology comes out either disproving your prediction or rendering it obsolete. At least, that’s what happens to me πŸ™‚ Maybe you’re better than I am at it, lol.

      I totally get not doing NaNo, especially if this is a story you really want to do right, and you haven’t finished figuring everything out yet. I was thinking about working on the threequel (that’s a word, right?) to Imminent Danger during NaNo, but like you I realized I need way more prep before I attempt something like that. Thus I will be working on my superhero story, which is rapidly developing into a nihilist/absurdist piece (well, according to my brother, anyway!)

      • That’s so true. I had wholesale surveillance if the internet, printing of body parts and even thought transference all happen as I was editing my book. That’s why most sci-fi writers work way in the future using technology we can only dream about. The other problem is believing technology will move faster than actually happens. Don’t forget that Blade Runner was set in 2019

  4. Gwen Stephens

    Leave it to the shower to generate those kicka*s ideas! I can’t tell you how often I’ve been inspired in the shower. November isn’t a good month for me, so I won’t be sharing in the the NaNoWriMo party (although I’m looking forward to reading about the experiences of the many bloggers who are). I’m toying with the idea of Camp NaNo next July, a month that’s much more conducive to writing for me. Best of luck!

    • November isn’t the best month for writing, is it? I remember it was absolutely impossible to do NaNo back in university, since that was mid-term/essay season. I suppose it doesn’t matter so much if you have a year-round job, unless that job involves gearing up for the Christmas season. In conclusion, you should definitely do Camp NaNo, showers are awesome, and thanks for the luck πŸ™‚

  5. I’m in! I’m continuing my unfinished story from last year, which was about half way finished at 51 K words. I think that makes me a NaNo Rebel because it’s not a NEW novel. Who cares?
    Buddy me and I’ll try to keep up with you!
    Good Luck! πŸ™‚

    • Woo! I know they have rules about NaNo, but honestly, as long as you write 50k of SOMETHING, I don’t think it matters what you write πŸ™‚ I shall attempt to buddy you, although I make no promises, lol.

  6. Go for it!

    I did the July Camp NaNo so won’t be participating this November, but if you have an idea grab you, you run with it. Happy NaNo’ing

  7. Well, you know I wish you all the best of luck! I’m sure we’ll both need it, ha ha. πŸ™‚ plus that idea sounds pretty cool, so!
    (And no, for reference, you can’t copyright titles, so go ahead and use that one, ’cause it sounds sweet!)
    Totally LOVE the Harry Potter pic at the end, by the way!! Diggin’ it.

    Anyway. Here’s to a (hopefully) successful Nanowrimo. πŸ™‚ I, for one, would love to be able to say that I’ve won JUST ONCE. x)

    • You’ve never won?!!! Dude, literally just slap any old thing together and call it a story. Then you can go back, salvage the good parts, and assemble something worthy of being called a novel. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

  8. Hi Michelle,
    I only started with NaNoWriMo last year, but also plan to participate this year ( At the moment I’m still busy with my current work in progress, so I didn’t have time to plan out this year’s novel.
    All the best,

  9. If you’re doing NaNo, we should be writing buddies!

    Good luck this coming month. It’ll be a blast.

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