Genuinely exciting for writers and aspiring writers alike, NaNoWriMo is a huge challenge for anyone looking to complete a novel. Whether they’re experienced writers, aspiring novellists or just a hobbyist, NaNoWriMo is a set goal to work towards throughout the month of November. Now that we’re less than a month to go, I thought I’d talk vaguely about the story I’ve been working on the details for, as well as a bit of a general chat about writing in general and how I’m feeling leading up to the massive endeavour… Also about how Discord is helping me prepare, so there’s something! Excited ramblings may be contained within this article, so don’t say you’ve not been warned!
Preparation For NaNoWriMo 2019
To say I’m excited is an understatement; NaNoWriMo has been a part of my life for quite a few years now, mostly thanks to the GeekOut website. Throughout the years, I’ve gained plenty of experience as a writer, but most of my writing is limited to articles. Now, in preparation for NaNoWriMo, I’m going to be preparing a lot more pre-prepared articles for here, so please do bare with me, as some of the stories may be “old news” by the time they’re released, but trust me, I’m going to make sure that the article quality doesn’t decline. That said, it’s going to help me massively to not need to write even more content on top of writing a novel for the month.
Other than preparing articles, I’ve been preparing myself for the endeavour. I’m aiming for more than the 50,000 word limit. I’m thinking my novel may end around 65,000, but I’m not too sure yet. There’s a fair bit of content to cover, it ends at a logical place and all in all, there’s a lot of backstory to fill you all in on. As such, I’m thinking of going over the typical 50,000 goal – After all, NaNoWriMo is all about pushing yourself, so me being me, I decided to let this push me even further. Thankfully, a friend of mine is also writing a novel, but she’s writing hers at her own pace, so I said I’ll write mine alongside her, so we can chat about our progress… Speaking of which…
… Did you know there are writing bots on Discord? I’ve got a little “Playground” on Discord, it’s basically a server where I occasionally test bots and other things. Sometimes I just save information there as it’s easy to get access to it. When I found out about Writer-Bot, which is exactly what you may think it is, I installed this on my playground server. It’s a bot that helps you with your writing. It does so by asking you questions about your works. It also can give you challenges that you can do, either a personal challenge or you can do a server-wide challenge instead. Go give this a try if you’re looking for new ways to improve your writing skill, speed or anything else. Genuinely been good tinkering with this.
My Story Preparation
In the time I’ve been working on my own notes, I’ve ended up with a couple of unique races, many are inspired on existing races and one which has no inspiration for, it’s just my mind flaunting what it can do. The races of my stories are hugely important, all with varying interests and different instincts from one another. This creates simple conflict from within, or between outsiders. Basically, a lot of the drama from my series will come from the actual relationships between the races, how they live and how each other lives can affect other races way of life too. As an example, one of the antagonistic races in this first story are Wild Elves, also known as the Joonkeunda. They believe that the Orks, who adhere to brutalist architecture, cause too much distruction to the land – and therefore are wildly antagonistic to Orks.
The story is quite relaxed overall, as I’m aiming to encourage exploration and communication above wild fights. There will be action, there will be magic and swords and bows. There may be some killing, there may not be. I’m not going to spoil what’s to be expected, but I can tell you that if you love fantasy, I really hope you’ll at least give my story a quick read once it’s done. If my words can paint a smile on your face, even for a moment, then I think I’ve achieved something! Nevertheless, the preparation must continue. Good luck to everyone taking part in NaNoWriMo 2019!