Yet again NaNoWriMo is on the horizon. It’s still over two months away, but it’s the thinking now that leads to formal preparation in October. This year might be my sixth NaNo in a row, but it’s going to be a bit different.
This year, instead of drafting a sequel, I’ll attempt a stand-alone Pannulus story. I dearly love the novels I’ve written, but this time I want to limit locations more than I have in the past. My great adventures mean a lot to me, but I need a change.
What won’t change is my focus on character.
This opportunity is somewhat born of necessity. I’m nowhere near ready to write a sequel in either of my series. It was a stretch writing Riparia’s Bk3 last year and I’ve yet to edit Vistanna’s Bk1 that’s also set in Pannulus.
This is something of an experiment for me, which I love to do. Given I have seven viable novels drafted it isn’t like I need to worry about writing a failure. I drafted a novel for NaNo a number of years back with the sole intent that I better learn structure, multiple POV, and close third. From that standpoint the novel was a success.
There have always been large chunks of my adventure’s where the characters remain in one place for an extended period, but for a change I want that for an entire novel.
There’s another aspect to my experimentation. One is my short stories that feel more intimate because of the limitations a shorter length places on them. Another is the list of elements that are important to me that I’ve been working on in my journal. I’d like to bring as much of that list together in one novel as possible.
So, what do I know about this story thus far? Not a whole lot, so it’ll provide me material for a number of posts between now and November.
I do know it’ll be a gothic-influenced mystery/romance tale done Pannulus style, which means the Ontyre rules of magic will apply. It’ll also take place in one location, which I haven’t yet chosen. That has to happen soon because I’ll need a clear picture of the town or city.
Aside from the two main characters, whom I know little about, I don’t have the cast worked out. I have it in my mind that she’s a runaway who’s started a new life after changing her identity. It’s a decade later and he’s the detective the family has charged with finding her.
Why are they conducting the search now after all these years? That’s what brainstorming is for. The number of twists bouncing around in my brain are growing daily, but I do know there’s a murder at some point (probably).
Like I said, I don’t have much. On the other hand, details have a way of multiplying exponentially when the story starts to form.