But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Hey all! Things have been pretty quiet lately because I've been gearing up for the annual funtime disaster that is National Novel Writing Month. This year, I want to do something experimental. Nanowrimo's founder tried this once with a story called "Arrowhead", and I thought I would try it as well: I want to stream the entire first draft as I'm writing it.
Common writing wisdom says this is inadvisable. "Write the first draft with the door closed". Even my own experience agrees - Years ago I told people about my story mid-month and was discouraged by the responses. So I don't want to do this without a good reason. I have a few:
The internet has made it easier to connect creators and viewers. I want to take advantage of it and see what it can accomplish for storytelling.
I am an introvert to the point of isolation. I want to know as I'm writing whether I really understand how people should act. I want something that connects and resonates with others, not just me.
Many times as I'm writing, I really wish others could read it, not for its quality -- it's a first draft and won't come out anywhere near perfectly -- but rather, because I can say things in this format that I can't say with a blog entry or a sit-down conversation. I pour my heart into each story. This is how I communicate.
Writing's a hobby and I want to keep it fun and interesting. I've got enough closed-door stories done that I'm excited to try something new and see where it goes.
All that said, what is my story about? Nalvots and lots of 'em!
Even on an alien planet, human nature plays out among the sentient species, nalvots. Pael is a student at the local school, known for being a friend to the friendless, the weirdos and the jerks. He's successful at it, and very patient, putting up with his friends' social ineptitude. Then comes Rena-Vek, who arrives at the start of Pael's 5th year, and quickly becomes a notorious bully, lashing out at everyone who crosses her. Pael, bright-eyed and believing that nobody is beyond hope, sets out to add her to his circle of unlikely friends. He's in for a lot of pain, with mixed support from his family and friends, and he must decide: Will he quit so he can focus on his studies? Or will he try to help her no matter the cost? Or will he have to face his worst fear: confrontation?
Here's where you can read it! I'll be poking around at different points throughout the day all month. I'll give streaming notifications for long sessions. When I'm writing there will be a chat where you can chat with me or other viewers. (These require sign-in.) I might need help figuring out story problems; any ideas here are appreciated. Note that the whole point of Nanowrimo is NOT to edit or revise during the month (partially for the ease of readers so they can know where they left off), so my ability to go back and change things is very limited. Reactions are best! Any response that isn't boredom is good to hear.
And so, in the words of Strong Bad, let's get this train wreck a-rollin'!