Goodbye November

Some of you may know that I had participated in NaNoWriMo, that is, National Novel Writers Month (though to be honest, it was hardly National since it happened all over the world).

NaNoWriMo’s premise is basically you’re given a month to write a 50,000 word novel, or story. It can be on anything you want, fantasy, science fiction, urban drama. Just as long as you had fulfilled the quota beset on you, that was it. You didn’t have to have perfect grammar, or perfect spelling; some say that the errors were part of the charm.

Some people breezed by the 50,000 word quota like it was nothing, so they set themselves 75,000 words or even 125,000. Script writers had something like 100 pages of script or something, and comic artists had about 40 or 50 pages of comic in a month.

I had opted for a novel, because I knew that I couldn’t work out even 1 comic page a night. Juggling over various ideas, there were several particularly intriguing ones.

One was an urban fantasy. What if suddenly, tomorrow, or in the next 5 minutes, everyone discovered that magic, superpowers, and monsters were real? You’d not only have people in business suits wondering what is going on, homeless people already developing a proficiency in whatever is they have. Its possible that for 90% of the population, you’d get people with slowly developing powers or proficiency in magic. Others, you’d get people who could get it in a snap.

Another urban fantasy I was toying around with was another “20 minutes in the future” kind of deal, but with Zombies. Apparently, according to research done by Max Brooks, every major military organisation have had discussed contingency plans to put in place on the chance that an uprising by the living dead would occur. Look around you. If you suddenly see news of Zombies infecting other people and spreading the undead plague to your area, what will you do? What are you going to do?

The last one was my most developed one, having played and planned the idea since around 2007. It was a spin off or my own spin on the Final Fantasy mythos, with White Mages, Dragoons, Jobs, Summons, Chocobos, and Crystals.

The last one was the one I eventually went with, and typed it up on my spare time. In the end, I only got about 7,000 words in, and I wasn’t even finished with the introduction. It was a shame, but perhaps I’ll continue it someday. As for now, here is the unfinished, unQ.A.’d story of mine available to be read by the public.

Nanowrimo 2010


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