Category Archives: NaNoWriMo
As you can see at the bottom of the page I have posted a NaNoWriMo win! That means that I have written 50,000 words in one month on one coherent topic. I certainly can’t manage much coherence today having just finished that! After a month of solid writing and deadline meeting I have to admit that my brain is more than a little fried.
I am certainly not destined to be on the NY Times Best Seller list, as my writing here can attest. A large part of my NaNoWriMo participation involves giving myself an excuse to get in closer touch with the NPCs in my campaign. It gives me some pressure to develop plot-lines on a deadline beyond the next game session. I can ‘t guarantee what the player characters in my campaign will do, but I can get inside the heads of my NPCs, and if I’m lucky come up with some things that will make interesting one shot modules.
This year I believe I have somehow managed both.
It is likely that a full NaNowriMo novel will not appear on my blog, though I suppose it’s possible. Much more likely? Well, it’s more more likely that I will post excerpts, and that I will write some modules based upon them. One excerpt has already been posted at my author’s page at NaNoWriMo.com.
I introduced Hunters into this year’s NaNoWriMo, and that is no accident. I plan on running a Hunter module at I-Con 2012, and I haven’t figured out all the details yet. NaNoWriMo forces you to get into the heads of the characters, and do it NOW! You can’t keep putting it off. You have a deadline, and you’ll make it or you won’t. That’s what makes NaNoWriMo great! (Well, part of what makes it great.)
Please consider supporting NaNoWrimo by clicking on my link below. If you can’t donate (and believe me I understand that!) then consider participating next year! It’s a great excuse to indulge the muse.
For now, I will indulge in some well deserved sleep! I haven’t had much of that in the last few days. I’ve had a deadline to meet!
For next week I am planning the first piece in a chronological look at the campaign’s events. With a little luck, by the time I am caught up to now (the December 2011 session) it will be OK for me to reveal all of what has happened over the past 2+ years. It has been a wild ride! I have been chomping at the bit to do so, but I have hesitated on providing my players with spoilers. They are all great players, and completely capable of separating character knowledge from player knowledge, but surprises are part of the GM’s fun!!
Up next: A Critical Look at my Very First Session as a GM!
I Sleep Now
November is a very special time of year. It is the time when I prove, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that my insanity is without measure. It is the time when, because job stress and the stress of dealing with severely overpowered and demented Mages just isn’t enough stress, I decide to write a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days time. Welcome to National Novel Writing Month!
I never pretended that Rational was my middle name.
The thing of it is, participation in NaNoWriMo is rewarding on multiple levels. For starters, it gives those NPC voices in my head an outlet, which makes them shut up for a little while. I get to work out backstory elements for the campaign, and potential future plot points, which just so happens to be the way I plotted out the lead in to the current mess the Mages are in.
Thank you NaNoWriMo!
Alternatively I can use the plots in my NaNo works to write stand alone one shots. For example, I plan to use this year’s novel as the basis for the “Hunter: The Vigil” game I will be running at I-Con in 2012.
Even more than inspiration for RPG sessions, and the sheer satisfaction of having done it (and getting just a little bit better at it every year), is the knowledge that through my participation I can help to support writing programs in schools that inspire young people to be creative.
If you’d like to find out more about NaNoWriMo (it’s not too late to start!), you can find more information on their website: http://www.nanowrimo.org/
If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation, you can help me support NaNoWriMo and their Young Writers Programs at my official NaNoWriMo donation site: http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?is_new=1&fcid=157189
I’m writing as MageMistress (as you might have guessed). I’m behind at the moment, it happens every November, but as always I’m in it to win it!