(Why is it I do my most blogging when my writing energies are most spent on something else?)
Quick reminder of what NaNoWriMo is:
NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month”. It's a (now worldwide) challenge to write one 50k word novel, beginning to end, in 30 days. In other words: one month of pure. blind. panic.
As weird and shocking and hard as that all might sound, the oddest part might be that this is my sixth year participating...and I won the challenge the last five times. In fact, I decided it wasn't challenging enough and last year pushed my wordcount goal to 70k—I finished with a couple thousand to spare.
This year I'd considered pushing my wordcount goal to an outrageous 100k (3,334 per day), but I'm going to settle for the 50 and just do my best—when writing roughly 2k daily—to make every word count so that when midnight comes on November 30th I've got something I'm really proud of. Well, that's the idea at least. ;)
The main reason that I've opted for fewer words again is because I'm writing in a genre I've never worked in before: Science Fiction. I've done a couple short stories that were sci-fi, but didn't really need to do a lot of worldbuilding or technical work for them, so I'm very new to the genre. Besides, novels are a whole other beast than friendly little shorts. I don't read a lot of sci-fi either, so I don't even know much about the typical formats and styles.
My main challenge is worldbuilding because in this story, instead of having a country or two for my characters to toddle about in, I have a confederation of over sixty planets. Now, I'm not going to develop all of these planets of course, but I'll need a good dozen of them to grow into characters of their own if this story is going to work.
And that brings me to the novel itself: I'm calling it Air Jumper. (*audience oohs and aahs appreciatively*)
Air Jumper is the story of Nim Sequanna, a young Jumper who puts everything her family owns on the line to compete in the sport she loves—the only way to return home now is to win it all. Hurled into a world of cheating athletes and dirty politicians, Nim befriends a mutant outcast looking to save his people and a disgraced businessman searching for redemption as they race against saboteurs and killers to claim the crown.
So that's the plan for this November. Over the next couple days, I'm going to try posting some character bios and such as I prepare for a race of my own. See you at the finish line!