I don’t normally do book reviews. In fact, this is barely a book review at all, for all it’s marked with that tag. Suffice to say that if you have not read Susanna Clarke’s “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”, you ought to get right to it. I know I’m woefully out of date, the book being published in 2004, but I can only say it’s the best historical fantasy (or possibly fantasy in general) that I have had the fortune to read. Damn long, though. But worth it.
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Well, National Novel Writing Month is coming up fast, and in the spirit of getting more writing done, I’ve signed up for my first NaNoWriMo. Will I win? I don’t know. Probably not, but then again, maybe… I’ve never done it before, so I can’t make an accurate prediction about how far I will get.
One thing a lot of authors experience, more unpublished than published, is having more story ideas than they have the time to write. I know I have a lot of stories kicking around that I have not had the time to write. So, I’m taking NaNo as my oppurtunity to work on one of these stories. I’m going to try shutting off my inner editor, and just writing all the way to 50,000 words and beyond.
One of my greatest hang-ups in terms of acually beginning to write a story is that my inner editor neven lets me forget that what ends up on the paper will fall far short of what I had imagined in my head. But the goal of NaNo as I see it is not even so much to write a coherent part of a novel. Despite the name, it’s more about throwing down those fifty-thousand words. 50,000 words is not a novel, so there’s not too much point in insisting on other novel conventions. Psychologically, this can allow a writer to be more relaxed in terms of product, which means they can be more relaxed while writing, and it is this which allows them to churn out 50,000 words of utter crap (or not). Which is in and of itself an achievement that many apsiring writers never get to claim.
I encourage anyone who likes writing, or even just reading, to go out and give NaNoWriMo a try. I don’t plan to obsessively report on my progress here as I’ve seen other bloggers do, but I am interested in doing a follow-up post once the contest is over, to see how others did, and what kind of experience they had with NaNo.
For anyone who is planning to give NaNo a try this year, whether they are first-timers or veterans, I want to wish you the best of luck. You will need it.
Here is a link to the NaNoWriMo site: http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Here is one to my profile: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/520535
The story I am currently planning to write on for NaNo is a fantasy story with a working title of The Stone Tower. Not very oiginal maybe, but it fits and it’s easy to remember, which is what working titles should do.
The specific genre description is “Dark Urban Secondary World Mythic Fantasy”. I have summed this up in my compact little genre of “Chimney-punk”. Mostly a tongue in cheek title referncing Steam-punk ( as opposed to being derived directly from cyberpunk). Not that I have anything against steam-punk. One of my favorite genres.
Alternatively, if I decide not to use this story, I will probably be writing a space opera. Not at all contradictory. Not at all.