Last year, I wrote a blog post that detailed reverse NaNoWriMo, a tool I used to win NaNoWriMo 2016 (without using cheat codes or performance-enhancing drugs). I mean, it’s simple, as in, you just do your heaviest writing at the beginning of the month and gradually reduce the amount of words you write until November 30, when you write 1 word.
And trust me, when that happens, it’ll be a glorious day.
So, I’m getting ready for that so when NaNoWriMo 2017 happens, I’ll be able to take off like a rocket ship.
Summary: Ten years after graduating from high school, a group of adults realize that the lives they planned aren’t exactly the lives they have now, so they seek to change that, not knowing that they weren’t meant to have successful lives at all.
So, what’s this story about? Twenty-something crisis, meaning, these guys don’t know what life is until it hits them.
Why? I’m sure that at least 85% of us don’t know what we’re doing wrong as opposed to what our parents did right.
Where? As of right now, I don’t know.
What? What is life but something half lived?
Outcome: At this point, I don’t know how this story will end.
And anything else? Will relate to anyone wondering if they wasted their life by not being productive.
Summary: After watching the Hobbit movies, one man (who hates his life and has recently inherited a huge area of land from an obscure relative) seeks to remake a town next to the land resemble the Shire. The fun begins when many people find out about the project and insist on joining him.
So, what’s this story about? Harried businessman leaves Los Angeles, CA and builds a town inspired by Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.
Why? After remembering his childhood growing up on a farm in Montana, a man moves back home and attempts to recapture missing part of his life.
Where? Montana (city name to be decided later)
What? You know what it’s about.
Outcome: Many people move to the town as soon as they find out about it.
And anything else? Based on life in random farming towns.
Summary: Diana Jones, a longtime fantasy reader, finally gets a chance to read Leslie Harlington’s controversial book “The Spirit Keeper”. After discovering what was wrong with the book, she decides to rewrite it and find a way to redeem the most hated character in the book.
So, what’s this story about? Fantasy fan rewrites controversial novel.
Why? After discovering everything wrong with the novel, Diana decides to remove all homosexual themes when homosexuality is being normalized and accepted.
What? Hated character gets redeemed by fantasy author; author gets commended.
Outcome: Most YA novels are scrutinized for offensive content.
And anything else? Well, all I can say is that maybe we should watch what we read and write.
Summary: Megan Thompson is a bright girl, but her chronic shyness angers many of her teachers and classmates. After she is sent to live in a home for disabled people, Megan develops a story centering on a post-apocalyptic American society while trying to solve the mystery of why she can’t connect with other people.
So, what’s this story about? It’s about a shy girl with no friends who is forced to move away from her home and family and live in a boarding house for disabled people.
Why? Megan is shy and doesn’t get along with anyone, so she is sent away.
Where? The story takes place in the Oak Knoll Sanitarium in Scottsdale, Arizona.
What? – Megan’s life has gone downhill since an incident happened to her when she was just 10 years old. Not knowing what was wrong with her, she withdraws into her won world, something that angers her teachers and classmates.
Outcome: As Megan tries to figure out what happened to her, she discovers that she was diagnosed with autism and was similarly isolated from the other children. She uses that as an inspiration for a story that takes place in a post-apocalyptical America.
And anything else? – Megan’s book becomes “The Sunless Palace”, which beats out J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone.”
Right now, I should be preparing for NaNoWriMo, but I know it’s never easy choosing a new story to write, so I’m going to have what’s called tryouts.
Which means, I will spend every weekday starting a different story for 15 days; if the story gets enough votes, then I’ll write it in November. (And you’ll get a copy of said story before it’s published.) Remember that you have several chances to vote, so make it count.