Monthly Archives: November 2014

I’m Doing NaNoWriMo

I have a list of things I want to do on me and Jarenth’s gaming blog — I want to continue the video LP about Mark of the Ninja, I want to do a text-based LP, I want to keep writing Talk of the Ninja posts, and so on. But one plan I’ve had for months and months is to write a fanfiction, and that would involve coming up with my own plot events to convey.

Writing fiction really scares me because I haven’t tried it in… I want to say about a decade. It’s been a really long time. People keep telling me, “You can do it, you’re a great writer!” I swim in a lot of self-loathing, but I’ll admit I’m pretty good at writing opinion pieces. That’s very different from writing fiction, though.

The problem is that the best way to ensure I’ll never get good at writing fiction is to continue not writing fiction.

So I’ve decided that this year, I’m going to write a fifty thousand word novel throughout November. That’s right: As the title of this post, might have led you to understand, I’m doing NaNoWriMo. None of that “Yyyeah, I guess I’ll consider doing it” bullshit that I threw around for the past few years. No. This time I’m doing it, and if I don’t then I want one of you to come to my house and smack me on the back of my head.

I dunno if I’m going to use that NaNoWriMo website. It’s apparently helpful for many people taking the challenge, but I don’t really need anything more than a word processor to do this. I might make an account and see if I end up doing anything with it.

So far here’s what I’ve got for what the novel will be about: A career criminal in a cyberpunk dystopia where a fascist government is trying to take control under the guise of Defending The People From Terrorists. We’ll see where that goes, I guess.

Will I share the novel publicly once it’s done? I dunno. There is a significant chance that it will suck.

Anyway, just wanted to let people following me know what I’ll be busy with this month. Feel free to leave a comment if you’re doing NaNoWriMo too, or have any helpful or relevant thoughts, or to just say hi or whatever. Do what you want.