Hecatonchires: A NaNoWriMo Project
Posted by Doug on October 21, 2009
I’ve decided I’m going to be a part of this year’s National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to crank out a 50,000 word work of fiction between November 1st and November 30th. The reward for those who successfully accomplish this is…bragging rights. Sounds like the perfect project for me.
Fifty thousand words in thirty days is 1,666⅔ words per day. If a person typed nonstop at 60 wpm, they could complete that in about a half hour (I just managed 74 wpm with no mistakes, so it would take me only 22½ minutes). Alas, being able to type fast, while desirable, is not by itself enough to write a novel. There are all these pesky things like characters, and setting, and plot, and point-of-view, and whatnot to contend with. Still, NaNoWriMo only requires that a novel be written and that it be at least a certain length. There is no requirement that the resulting work have any literary merit. A writer need not write well, they merely need to write. Again, sounds like the perfect project for me.
In any case, I’m going to write a SF story set in Japan about a twentysomething female police officer, who ends up becoming the assistant to an entity who appears to be a teenage boy with powers of pyrokinesis, as he tracks down octopus-like extradimensional creatures known as hecatonchires and keeps them from causing harm to the general public. Or something like that. Odds are, the end product will only vaguely resemble this short synopsis.
In any case, I’ll be posting what I write here.