November is fast approaching, which means, so is National Novel Writing Month. So, instead of trying to grow in facial hair (bearded ladies are just so last century) or cooking an entire turkey dinner singlehandedly (I’ll leave that to the more accomplished chefs in my family), I’m going to try my hand at writing a book, preferably a novel, in thirty days.
At least, I’m going to try to try, G-d-willing and schedule permitting.
Since I’m still young enough to participate in NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program, I’ll probably do my novelling there. The perks of being in the YWP include a customizable word goal as opposed to the traditional 50K words. Since there’s no way I’ll be able to do 50K this year, I’m taking advantage of that privilege. (And when I outgrow the YWP, I’ll most likely stick to the summer program and gradually work my way up to larger word goals until I’m more confident in my writing-a-ton-under-pressure abilities.)
So, what am I going to write about? Er….. That’s really quite up in the air. Last year, I’d been planning ahead for months, and now, here I am *glances at calendar to verify and freaks out* less than a week before the event starts, unsure of what exactly I’m going to write! :O
Well, I have two viable solutions that I can think of. (Well, if you count “Not doing NaNoWriMo at all this year,” it would be three.) 1) Co-write a story I’ve been brainstorming about with my friend, or 2) work on a story I’ve been thinking about for some time. We’ll see what happens.
To everyone who’s definitely participating in NaNoWriMo this year, be it the YWP or the grown-up version with 50K words, best of luck to you all! 🙂
I was wondering, if my stories had theme songs, what would they be? Here are some ideas off the top of my head:
- Premonition – “These Dreams” by Heart. The title, especially, is quite relevant, and the sound of the music captures that mysterious, uncertain, and adventurous tone I want my story to have.
- The Phoenix, an Indiana Jones fanfic – “The Map Room at Dawn” by John Williams, from the Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack.
- My X-Men fanfic project (still in planning stages) – “Butterflies and Hurricanes” by Muse. It just works for all the emotionally tense and/or action scenes inherent in any good superhero story.
- Adventures with My Time-Traveling Uncle – The theme song would have to be a Beatles song, preferably one of their more whimsical, upbeat early hits. The eponymous uncle in this story, Jake, is supposed to be a major Beatlemaniac. He’s essentially a red-headed lookalike of John Lennon, right down to the tea-shade glasses. When I wrote the first draft of this story, I listened to a lot of classical renditions of Beatles songs from this album by the Orlando Pops Orchestra. While it would be hard to designate one Beatles song to be the theme song, I’d say that entire album would have to be the soundtrack.
- Elite Falcons: Hunted – This sounds so sacrilegious, but right now, I’m thinking “Captain Jack’s Theme” or the “Torchwood Theme” from BBC’s Torchwood score would fit this story. Or, to be on the safe side, how about the Mission Impossible theme, since this story is supposed to be about spies?
Maybe I’ll do another post about character theme songs. I wish I were able to compose them myself, but I’ll go through my repertoire of music sometime and see what associations I can make with my various book characters.