NaNoWriMo 2014

Otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. This is an event that takes places in November, yearly, and can be easily signed up for on their website. I’ve entered the past few years, but due to obligations with other work, I’ve never been able to finish a piece. This year, so far, there is nothing impeding my NaNo month.

There’s always a lot of advice going round for this month, and most of it seems to take the form of: “don’t edit, just write.” There is a lot of good sense in that piece of advice. If the aim is to write a whole novel within the space of a month, there isn’t really a lot of time to be fussing around with the editing of the piece. The idea behind NaNo, as far as I understand it, is to let people get their creativity on without feeling the need to be precise first time around; that’s what the other eleven months are for.

So, what’s my plan for this year’s novel? Mostly working on a story idea I’ve had for a while and have made vague attempts at writing down. Mainly, I plan to attempt to see the whole month through; I’ve never done it before and I’d really like to be able to say I’ve completed it at least once in my years of taking part.

That being said, you might not hear much from me during the NaNo month, but I’ll do my best to pop in and give an update once every so often. To everyone taking part: good luck, and happy writing!

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On Superheroes

I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the superhero genre. You might have even guessed that I do have a novel idea based around superheroes and it’s not anything special. It’s just basically me playing with a genre that I enjoy reading about and seeing what I can do with the typical tropes and cliches that abound in it. Which brings me to the point of this entry:

Is there anything left that can be done with superheroes?

I’ve read deconstructions, reconstructions, parodies, homages, and anything else you can think of. I’ve watched similar, and I have paused while writing my own story to wonder: well what’s left? It’s actually a question that has to be asked about every type of story that any writer chose to set their mind to now. There is a saying that there are no original stories left, but rather new iterations on old themes. Okay, say that’s true, what would make my iteration so much different from any other other there?

And that’s the question that comes for everything I write. It’s not something that makes me want to stop writing. Far from it, it seems to spur me on. The basic idea may have been seen before, but if I can make my version seem interesting to someone other than myself, then surely I’ve done something right in my writing? Who knows, really? It’s just something that I can’t help but wonder while I write.

Speaking of which, I really need to get into a better writing process than writing so many words then deleting them out of frustration.