Take a guess at how busy I was last month? You know, before NaNoWriMo? Not very; I was just typing up a lot of words at an alarming rate. I will probably need to invest in a new keyboard at some point; I reckon I’ve done so much typing that the membrane inside of this keyboard is weakening, but enough about the problems of my keyboard! We’re here to talk about NaNoWriMo, how the event has gone and my progress – After all, tomorrow is delivery day, so how well did I do?
Yep, you read that right, I managed to complete NaNoWriMo and I did so with three days to spare. As of the time of writing this, in preparation for tomorrow’s post, I’m currently up to 53,213 words into my novel, which means that I’ve officially completed NaNoWriMo! They even let me get their winners certificate and everything, but I didn’t do this for some merch or swag, I did this because I’ve always wanted to write a story.
However, you’ll notice I’ve gone a bit over the 50,000 target for the event. That’s because I’m actually still writing the story! I’m thinking this story may hit 60,000 words, maybe even 65,000. Whatever it goes up to you can imagine that I’m not going to stop until it’s completed. Indeed, this is another pre-written article, so the 53,213 words that I’ve currently written will be exceeded already.
In truth, going above and beyond the NaNoWriMo word limit doesn’t feel unnatural. In fact, for the story I’m writing, it feels somewhat logical. For my first ever story, I wanted to make sure I introduced the reader to a bunch of likable albeit strange characters. So, I guess today, I’ll talk briefly about my primary trio.
The Wanderer is part of a dying breed; the human race. Fifty years prior to the events of the story, humanity was inflicted with a deadly plague, born from foul fey energies deep from The Great Ravine. The plague only affected humans, causing many men, women and children to succumb to their fate. Now, only a small handful of humans remain, as they struggle to keep their place in the world.
Named after their professions, humans live to work to prove they’re still invaluable. The Wanderer however, he has no profession. His goal, his motive in life is to wander and explore. His dream since he was a child was to cross The Great Ravine, being born in a time when the ravine had already done its damage. He knows he can’t do it alone, so he looks for a band of companions to join him on the other side.
An elf in their early twenties, Flynn wants nothing more than to research. Proud of his elvish heritage, Flynn believes his kind are the wisest of the nin. He seeks to pursue knowledge, regardless of the danger involved. As a student of the School of the Order, Flynn possesses power over the Fey, able to manipulate the energy to his bidding.
Flynn met the Wanderer a long time ago, when the gunslinger first settled into Hrontholm. Enamoured with his fanciful stories of the races he met and the people he’s helped, Flynn is fascinated by the Wanderer and his actions. He is an inexperienced traveller, having only been between his home in Hrontholm and the capital Vernus, but his knowledge of fey energy will be useful on their journey to The Great Ravine.
An ork with an attitude, Dru’kesh is a powerful woman from the Sheesharka tribe, situated in the frigid climates in the south-east. Fighting, drinking, eating and laughing are amongst her favourite pastimes. Often hearty to a fault, Dru’kesh, or Dru as she’d prefer to be called, knows no fear. She’ll go in swinging at her opponents with her longsword with one hand. To call Dru strong was just fact.
Having come from the frigid lands to the south-west, Dru’kesh is unaware how she ended up on this side of The Great Ravine. Annoyed, frustrated and alone, Dru initially took to banditry. She realised quite quickly that she’d be alone a lot longer if she stuck as a bandit, so she turned to being a sword for hire, which worked out way better. Making her way to Hrontholm in the midst of a festival, Dru wouldn’t mind some extra work, or better yet, a way to get back home.
Hopefully that’s given you a small idea of the types of characters I’ve come up with. There are two more characters in the main party who join later in the story. All in all, coming up with the ideas has been easy. I started with a plan and I just stuck with it.
Well, that’s it. I’m going to go back and keep writing to make sure the full story is finished, but I can say, with my hand on my heart, that I’ve defeated NaNoWriMo 2019. I wonder if I’ll do this again next year? Depends how quickly I get this one edited, I guess.
Thanks for reading.