With October ending, November begins and once again it's time for NaNoWriMo! Last year I got to around 18,000 words before I caved in. It was a story influenced by George R.R. Martin (of course) but with a touch of Arthurian legend instead of British medieval history. There was a king returning from the dead to find his brother on the throne, and something about witches on an off-coast island involved. I can't really remember it all, I was just furiously writing without editing to keep the pace. It was hard. Nonetheless, I am going for it again this year. I'm not sure what I am going to do yet. I have a short story over at SFFWorld, The Bournemouth Shades which I could turn into a novel. In that way, the groundwork has been laid. I could do a novel based on my play-by-post role playing stories which also would provide me with a rather thorough groundwork (I've lifted all the posts into a Word document for easier reading and it's already a 284-page document - and there's still more to add), but these posts are based on just a small part of the entire campaign that we've been playing since 2005, and it's toward the end at that so it would be a story jumping right into the middle of an already on-going story; Erikson was able to do it with Gardens of the Moon, so there's that. Not saying I'm an Erikson, by the way. Just that I could have fun with it.
At the same time I'd love to just start from scratch with nothing much and just go with the flow, but that's what I did last year and it stopped me in my tracks before I was halfway to completing the goal. Ah, decisions. Also, why am I doing this when I barely have time to eat my lunch, dammit? Maybe you too should get your hands sweaty on a keyboard in November? What do you say, Riga?
Coming up this later week: A new A Storm of Swords post with none other than Ser Jaime Lannister!
Update: A few hours later and I've been thinking and I have made a decision, forged ahead and set up a novel at NaNoWriMo's website and am ready to take the plunge again in two days' time. If only I can force myself to write a minimum of 1,666 words a day, I'll get there. It's purely for the challenge, of course, of writing a lot in a short amount of time. I am looking forward to it.