In 2005 and again in 2008 I attempted to complete the NaNoWriMo challenge, and came up short both years. 2005 I was deployed, so getting the right time to devote to writing was almost impossible. And in 2008 I just ran out of steam, in the first week, and didn’t come even a little but close to completing.
But it’s a new year. I’ve done significantly more writing this year than I did last, and I feel more solid about my skills.
However, I have no story. The story I attempted in 2005 was so under developed, that I just started from scratch and tried it again in 2008. While I didn’t get far in 2008 with it, I did get far enough that I couldn’t really justify picking up where I left off, that would be cheating. So I need to come up with something else I guess.
I’m considering online plot generators or even just character generators and go from there. Oddly enough, for the moment, I don’t have any spare characters just sitting around collecting dust, waiting for a story. But there are a few things I’d like to avoid this year. Vampires, out. Zombies, definitely fucking out. Fey folk, probably out. Elves, dwarves, halflings, out. What’s left? I’ve nothing against fantasy, and while I wasn’t completely wowed by China Miéville’s, “Perdido Street Station,” I did like that it wasn’t bound to many of the standards (maybe clichés?) of fantasy fiction. Or at least the ones I’ve restricted myself to in the past.
So, I got to get to it. Only like 10 days to go to get brain storming, and character creating, and world building, and all that fun shit before I get to the frustration that is actually writing.