NaNoWriMo Prep

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Fiction / Lifelands


So I’ve been preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) as though it were Christmas.

Why? Because I’ve decided that if I could bang a legitimate full first draft out of it, I will apply to MFA programs and polish it until it becomes the work I see inside of my head. I will have something to show the program.

Of course, even if I fail to hit the 50,000 word mark by the end of November, I’ll still apply. I’ll just have to finish the draft afterward. C’est la vie.

At any rate, I’m in the planning stages and I’ve just created visuals for a bunch of characters so I could have faces to imagine while I’m writing. I thought I’d share some of what I’ve got.

The story is set in a land and time far away from our universe. There are several points of view, but the chain of events set off by Kyobo and Pakheme (who you may remember) are what get the ball rolling. Of course I’d love nothing more than to just tell a story, but I already see themes of different loves, self, and power gaining prominence. If you’re curious about the characters, here’s a sentence for each of them:

  • Baako is the Emperor of Songao who’s trying to emulate the good leadership of his past father, but can’t seem to be him no matter how hard he tries;
  • Pakheme is a scholar who just can’t seem to make anything go right;
  • Kyobo is an involuntary immigrant who plans to take a new land by storm;
  • Efe is a bored and creative noble whose vision can either change the world for the better, or reveal its rotten core;
  • Mother is Baako’s mother and is waiting on the author to give her a name despite already having a full set of things to do plot-wise;
  • Tichaona is a combat master who’s loyalty to the past Emperor only creates tension between the seemingly inept new Emperor.

And it’s suuuuper late right and I’m tired but IT’S NANO-RULEZ NOW! Maybe in the next NanoPrep post I’ll talk about the loooooong process of world building that started waaaaaaay back in 2008-2009.


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