Yeah, it's a terrible name.
In case you're wondering (as I was, until recently) what NaNoWriMo means, check out this link and this wiki page to get an idea!
In case you don't have the time/patience, the gist of the idea is that
during the month of November, a community pull together for
encouragement and inspiration, with the goal being the production of a
novel per member.
Now, the parts of my life I've mentioned fleetingly here in
relation to my depression (I only capitalise when I'm trying to prove a
point!) are something of a part-time occupation or pastime.
Full-time(ish) I'm a writer. Well, I'm trying to be, with varying
degrees of success.
What I'd love to do though, is write a novel. I've never written
one, but like so many other people I feel like I've got ideas and
potential. The writing I do currently is less creative, with an emphasis
more on comment, opinion and news. I'd love to write a story.
I'm not at all interested in joining the NaNoWriMo community.
It's just not... me. But, like any good idea, the concept behind NNWM
can easily be modified to fit wants and needs. As such, I'll be writing
my first novel over the next few months and, depending on how it goes,
pitching it to some publishers.
My proposition to YOU, my beloved (and importantly, NOT NaNoWriMo) community, is:
Should it become something in the choose-your-own-adventure mold
or not? I'd be asking you guys to pick from options, and if replies
aren't timely I'll lead with what I'd prefer personally.
The story would be heavily based on my own experiences, and the experiences of those around me. Would you prefer the story to focus on crime, love, depression, education, work or the character(s) themselves? An exploration of the them, or the things they're experiencing?
The novel will hopefully cover all of those things, as that would be what I want to write about, but I'd love to know how I could emphasise certain parts to give the most to the reader.
I'll be posting short excerpts, a paragraph maybe, per day. If
anyone should want a copy of the whole thing, please let me know and it
would be my pleasure to send you a copy via email or something. I'd only ask that you keep it to yourself as I'd like to approach publishers, ideally.
Clearly I wouldn't even consider charging for my work here, but a dream of mine is that of a publisher paying me for my novel. Not because I'm struggling for cash (although I definitely am) but because... well, I just want it! Imagine it, being a
novelist. I'm proud enough that I'm a writer, I feel like the luckiest
guy in the world on occassion, but a novelist? Well, gee...