For November, I’m working on a book called “Relic Empire” (a mere placeholder!) featuring airships, magic, and high fantasy. The protagonists are a couple of young adults, a boy and a girl, who dream of adventure and end up caught in something much bigger than themselves.
Inspired by, and a tribute to, that SEGA RPG classic, Skies of Arcadia, but I hope it becomes a worthy fantasy in its own right, neither derivative nor a tribute in name only. The spirit is what I hope to capture more than anything, and if I can manage that, I’ll consider it a success.
As for the writing itself? It’s not going the best, but that’s okay! Even with just 500 words a day, a novel can be finished in under four months. So if you’re struggling too, keep in mind that you’re still pushing ever closer to the ultimate goal: a novel, even if it takes more than a month.
For me, as for many, life is busy! I had every intent of plotting beforehand, which greatly increases my writing speed, because I know what to write. Instead, I’m working with a mixture of the two: some existing characters and a rough framework from a couple of past, failed NaNoWriMos (but written from the ground up, 0 words to 50k!).
I’m going to try my best to hit the 50,000 word goal within a month, but more than that, I’m going to have some fun with it. As I finish chapters, I’m going to post them here as blogs. They’ll be entirely unedited. Typos will be present, plot threads will be malnourished, and even names, places, and characters might change, or come and go completely, between this draft and the final.
But maybe it will be fun for you to see a first draft, done heavily on the fly without much pre-planning or plotting. Watch for the first couple of chapters to appear over the next few days!