Tomorrow is the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. Some local friends are making attempts again this year and I’ve decided to give it a go. If you are unfamiliar, the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. You can prepare as much as you want beforehand, but cannot start writing your work of fiction until the 1st.
I’ve done similar challenges before: 24-hour comics and a Character a Day series last November but I haven’t done any serious writing since high-school (at least none that was only meant to be a story… and not plot outlines or comics or D&D adventures). I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve and some ideas on how to brute force it if I get stuck.
I see this as a good exercise in writing improv. Don’t let the scene die. Don’t lose momentum. Always say “yes.” I’ve broken my word count up into 25 2,000 word chapters which gives me a few “gimme” days if I get too busy or something comes up (thanks for the tip Andrea!). I’ve also built my outline around one of my favorite literary forms the Choose Your Own Adventure book. Instead of a choice at the end of every page, There will be a choice at the end of every chapter. I hope that this will give me enough variety of themes to work on so I don’t get bogged down in a singular story line.
I’ve also already rounded up some randomizers to help keep things fresh. Apples to Apples Junior has some good random nouns and adjectives that I’ve injected into each of my chapters to give me something to work from in case of writer’s block.
We’ll be having regular group updates at the shop throughout the month to keep us all on track. Here’s to 50,000 words!
As hurricane Isaac pounds Louisiana this week, I am reminded of a time in late August seven years ago when I was undertaking another big adventure. In this instance, it was to drive an RV filled with comics across the country attending conventions and promoting my publishing company, Young American Comics. First I had to get it across the country on its maiden voyage with Corey Marie, my wife to be, and our cat Rocky. Things didn’t go as planned:
(I apologize for the low quality… I couldn’t find the original documents and had to settle for importing these through Instagram)
It took us a long time to recover from the Yacmobile incident, both financially and emotionally. Young American Comics stopped publishing when the economy went sour in 2007/2008 and Corey and I concentrated on our own projects and our family instead.
Now we have a new project and a new dream. This one doesn’t involve packing all our belongings into a 30+ year old vehicle and chancing it across some mountains, but there’s no less risk. We both have the entrepreneurial spirit. It’s in our blood and no amount of set backs or hardships are going to keep us from doing what we want to do. This time we’re going to make it more than 120 miles. This time we’re going to make it over the mountains.
The Riverside Art & Supply Co. fundraiser ends today and every dollar counts. We’ve got a lot of cool incentives at every donation level and we appreciate every dollar that has come in so far. Please spread the word and help us get closer to our goal. We appreciate the support and strive to make a real difference in our community.
Our future store front
our banner and but some of the product that will be featured in our shop
Here’s a little video we made with more information. Thanks again!
Another find from the Impact; a happy little song that sounds like the Rentals. The video seems like a good time too. Soon, once all this setting up the shop business is over, I’m going to borrow some canoes and set off from the dock behind QD and drink a sixpack of my own on the Grand River. Good times!
As a reminder there are only a few days left for the Riverside Art & Supply Co. indiegogo fundraiser. We appreciate all the support so far but we have a long way to go. Please spread the word and chip in a few bucks if you can. Thanks!