Good evening folks,
Today I am here to talk to you about NaNoWriMo 2019. If you’re unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, that smash up of letters is short for National Novel Writing Month. It is a challenge that many writers partake in to write an entire novel in a single month! The goal is to try and write 50,000 or more words to form a rough draft of a completely new novel between November 1st and November 30th.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, I’ve always wanted to write a novel, there is no better time than November. I can honestly say Twitter and the rest of the social media world is absolutely stuffed to the brim of wonderful people encouraging and pushing each other to reach crazy and ambitious goal. The kind words and helpful posts writers share with each other during this time of the year is honestly one of the most heartwarming and encouraging things you can witness all year. This goes doubly so for writers who often feel alone and inadequate when struggling to put words on the page. I know I’ve felt that way and seeing the things people have posted encouraging each other has been a great motivator for me to keep writing through the busy Fall season.
You may be asking yourself, Preston, what are you going to do for NaNoWriMo in 2019? The answer is I’m going to jump into my first fantasy novel. Up to this point it’s been all scifi, aliens, super soldiers, giant robots, and superpowers, but come November 1st it’s going to be wizards, samurai, and pirates for me!
To be honest, fantasy is what I read the most. I learned to read with the Chronicles of Narnia and spent most of my childhood in the Lord of the Rings and saving Hyrule in the Legend of Zelda and the plethora of other fantasy video games all the way up through one of my absolute favorites, Dragon Age. Fantasy really feels like home to me. Dark Fantasy seems like the place my twisted little brain can have a great time exploring in a new novel.
A few of my favorite books in the last couple of years are the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo and the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. These novels are huge inspirations for me to try to write a dark fantasy novel. I love the world building in both of these series. The settings for both of these series are so well done that you really feel like you understand these worlds, their systems of magic, the politics, and all of the little things that make the world seem real. I’ve learned a lot about the craft of good fantasy world building from these novels and I’m hoping that I can bring that to bear with my NaNoWriMo 2019 project.
This year for NaNoWrimo, I am going to jump into the first book in what I hope to make into a trilogy. The working title for me so far is Mage Blood. I haven’t decided on what I’ll call the first novel in this series just yet. I’m hoping a title will present itself to me in the journey of writing the novel.
I’ve spent most of this month writing up thousands of words of world building and character information to make myself as ready as I can be to jump right into slinging out words for Mage Blood. I’ve done outlines for novels before, but I’ve never spent this much time preparing before starting to write a novel. I’m so excited to jump into this. I’ve got so many ideas that I can barely keep myself from getting started writing.
Mage Blood is going to follow the story of two friends, Marius and Alexandre as they struggle to find their place in a society that sees those with the gift of magic as nothing more than tools, property to be bought and sold, bred and traded to build the kingdom of Tennebres. Magic is a blessing, but a curse for those who wield it. Only the extremely talented have a chance of rising above the oppressive policies of the kingdom. The rest of the mages are spent down in mines, in factories, or in fallow fields. Their gifts are used to breathe life into industries that support the lives of the kingdom’s citizens, but once their usefulness is exhausted, they are bled dry to fuel the power of new mages to take their place. The blood of mages is extremely dense in mana, the fuel for spells. Even those without much talent can still bleed to give power to those select few talented mages serving the noble families of Tennebres. Marius and Alexandre must decide to play the games of magic politics or fight to bring down this nation that exploits them and their fellow mages.
I hope that piques your interest in this new project of mine. Follow me on Twitter @omnustechni for updates and excerpts as I rise to meet the challenge of NaNoWrimo 2019.
Thank you again for visiting our website and reading through this post. If you’re planning to do NaNoWriMo this year, I wish you luck and can’t wait to see what you’re working on. See you next time.