One reasons I've been sparse this past year on FnF is that I've been blessed to get paid to write some pretty interesting articles for local and regional publications. Over the past two or so months though, things have leveled off a little (slower season with my clients) so I've decided to actually do some writing for myself. I miss fiction and all the world building it entails.
I was convinced on the Twitters, to engage in that madcap dash known as NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month is a push to write a 50,000 word novel in one month, writing 1,667 words per day. It's a lot to be sure, and I kind of feel like I'm joining a marathon without having done the requisite training, but I'm excited to actually work toward something, anything, that is pure writing pleasure (or pain, as the month goes on).
While I have several short stories I'd like to expand upon and a few biography-style stories, those are very research heavy, which does not 1,667 words a day make. So I'm going in a totally different direction, and writing an adventure story in the vein of films like King Solomon's Mines and the Lost World genre minus the sexism and racism. I've been prepping not by reading, but by watching films of the era, as I'm not as interested in the literary heft as the tone and feel of the thing. My main character is a narcissistic showgirl (natch) and her husband, the literary darling of the moment. Not the most original or exciting, but it'll do for now.
I'm not so worried with reaching my word counts as I am with creating characters that are engaging and not getting swept up in the details, the idea is to just keep writing, no matter how awful or trite that draft zero gets. It's something I think I need and can benefit from, as long and I keep my eyes on the big picture, instead of on "winning" the internet experiment.
Anyone else engaging in the madness? Add me as a writing buddy.