I’ve decided to try NaNoWriMo this year, so, nerd that I am, I scoured multiple sources for advice on how to defeat the month-long novel writing challenge. One of the websites I came across offered the advice, “Write a what-if list.”
I didn’t do it right away—did I mention how stubborn I am?–but the next day, I was on the subway and didn’t feel like reading the book I had with me. So I took out the notebook I keep in my back pocket and started writing. I came up with:
-What if a giant natural disaster hit NYC and it become virtually abandoned?
-What if the only people left were the ones who couldn’t get anywhere else? And those who didn’t want to leave?
-What if after all the destruction, after things began to stabilize again, the arts started to trickled back into the abandoned city? What if this was perceived as a threat due to the super-rich who had abandoned the city commodifying the arts?
-What if the super-rich began trying to dismantle and take away buildings that became arts and cultural centers out of the disaster area?
-What if there was a battle between the people who had rebuilt NYC and people who wanted to take it away from them?
A pretty loose concept, but soon I was sketching out characters and sections of the book. And I think, now, I have a project for NaNoWriMo. And I think I’ll post it on this blog as I write it.
I’m super-excited! I can’t wait for November to start already!