It’s that time of year again! It’s only my second year doing NaNoWriMo, but I’m very excited. Last year, I fell short of my personal goal, which wasn’t even close to the NaNoWriMo goal. I’ve been trying to better manage my time, which has always been difficult because I’m a bit of dreamer– I want to write, podcast, film, etc.
The biggest blow for this years NaNoWriMo was having to start from absolute zero. Now, I’m sure everyone is thinking “well, yeah, that’s the point”. However, up until very recently, I was devoting my writing to Tellest, created by my friend Mike DeAngelo. I had been involved with the series pretty much since the beginning, going back about 15 or 16 years at this point. I helped develop a little section of the world, as well as give my thoughts and opinions for other areas of Tellest. Without getting to detailed about it, as I’m still dealing with my personal feelings on the matter, Mike and I had creative differences with some of the characters that we both played with. Sucks for me– I’ll miss it dearly, but it’s great that Tellest is doing so well that Mike has to refine the product in his vision.
I actually had started planning my own version of Tellest, a universe for me to play in. I’m glad I have those notes, as they’ll come in handy sometime near the end of 2016 or early 2017, but as I was writing things down, it became abundantly clear that I was getting in over my head and I wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo again. That’s when I remembered about Flesheaters. It’s a little project, in the zomibe genre, that I had come up with a few years ago. I had written some stuff for it, as a way to get back into writing– which worked– I started coming up with some great little short stories for Tellest, as well as some great concepts for novellas and novels.
Now that Flesheaters is back on the table, I decided to make it my NaNoWriMo project this year. I’m about halfway through my goal for today and, even with five pages of an outline, it’s surprisingly difficult. It’s likely all mental– I’m in very unfamiliar territory. Going from fantasy to horror / zombie isn’t as easy as one would think. I’m not longer talking about make believe places– I’m writing about a make believe outbreak in a very real world (Flesheaters takes place in Philadelphia, Pa). It’s equal parts creating a rich world and fact checking that these places actually exist (which I didn’t account for in my outlining phase).
The featured image is part of the very crude mock cover I made for NaNoWriMo– I’ll be looking to get a simple mock made in the next week or so, though I’ll probably continue to use the crude looking title graphic until early next year– that’s when I plan on having the editing and final cover design done. The final piece will be a professionally designed title!
I doubt I’ll be updating daily, but I’ll try and keep everyone in the know about some cool things that happen along my NaNoWriMo journey.