NaNoWriMo is right around the corner, ready to jump me and beat me into a pulp. This’ll be my first time, and I’m gonna do my best. It’ll be tough, as I’ll be vacationing in New Orleans for the first week. I’m hoping that I can get an hour or two in per day when I’m there, perhaps when others are sleeping.
If not, well, I’ll have to catch up.
For those not in the know, NaNoWriMo is all about writing 50k words in the month of November. That comes out to be just under 1700 words per day, which is not out of the question. I can dump that out in a few hours if I don’t let perfection get in the way. I just have to write every day.
I’ll do some of the prep work beforehand. For this, I’ll probably need to outline first, or at least write a synopsis. That’ll give me a framework to work in.
So here’s the big question. What’ll I write?
I’ve a few options I’ve been kicking around in my head. The most obvious would be the next in the series that I’m working on now. I’m not so sure about this, as there’s no way I’ll finish revising my WIP by November. I think a break will do me good, as well.
Another would be a cyberpunk novel. Cyberpunk kicks ass. It has cyber, and who doesn’t like all that techie cyber computer stuff. And it has punk. Where could you go wrong with that. The only problem with cyberpunk is, well, the ‘speculative’ part comes true before the darn books are published, so they become contemporary fiction or at least thrillers before you know it.
I certainly have qualifications with respect to cyberpunk. I work in a virtual reality company for goodness sake. I’ve built robots, done the computer security thing, all of that. And, well, I hang out in creepy goth industrial clubs.
And yet another would be dystopian. I could do the whole zombie apocalypse thing as I wrote about here, or I could take that, remove the zombies and replace them with some oppressive theocracy.
And yet another…I could do my whole Martian thing. Good old fashioned sci-fi Martian colonization and politics. You see, I’ve this Mars fetish.
Now, the obvious thing would be to mix all of this up into one project. Thing is, you do too many things, you can’t necessarily do any one of them well. Not that I’ll do any of this well, but I’d like a fighting chance.
So, what to write what to write what to write.