I’ve never been much of a novelist – the dinky manuscript I churned out in middle school notwithstanding! Short stories have always been my comfort zone. I have a collection of stories I write for fun, all set in the same science-fiction/fantasy conworld called Kireles. Could one of my ideas – usually saved for the realm of short stories – be transformed into a novel? Over the course of the next month, the answer will be revealed!
Though I have lots of half-baked ideas, I’ve decided to work on a currently unnamed story set in my conworld, in a country called Fal-Kirnosa. [Here’s a map.] It follows the adventures of 4 creatures – a dog, frog, hen, and cat – after they’ve been exposed to an object that’s beyond their ken. The animals develop strange new abilities. They use their abilities to solve the mysteries that have been plaguing their small village, Dumra Talea.
Though the animals don’t know it, the technology they were exposed to fell out of their planet’s orbit. It belonged to the mysterious Bombarai, an ancient, rock-like race of beings that nearly exterminated themselves in a war that changed the structure of the planet. Some of the mysterious events in their village – and in the world at large – are due to Bombarai interference and that of their archnemeses, the Katred.
I’ve always enjoyed stories where the main characters were animals: the Redwall series, Animal Farm, Wind in the Willows, The Sight, Beasts of Burden. This will be my first attempt at such a thing, however.
I’m nervous because I got a late start; 30 days is already a tight deadline! But it’s the QUANTITY of the words that matter at this stage – not the quality! Besides, as the proverb goes,
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Are any of you writing a novel this month?
- NaNoWriMo 2013 – Still brainstorming (zanemckenzie.com)
- NaNoWriMo Tip #5: Develop Your Novel’s Plot (mediabistro.com)