NaNoWriMo and Me

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!



About thebaffledkingcomposing

Pamela DiFrancesco is a writer with a community college degree in journalism, a fancy art school degree in fiction and a penchant for community organizing. A native of Pennsylvania coal country, Pamela lives in Astoria, Queens, writes, and does whatever else it takes to pay the bills. In the past, Pamela has worked for newspapers and taught children journalism in an after-school program. Pamela's fiction can be found on the web at Cezanne's Carrot and Monkeybicycle, in print in The Carolina Quarterly (who nominated "The Chuck Berry Tape Massacre" for the Best American Mystery Writing anthology) and forthcoming in The New Ohio Review. When not writing, Pamela practices acts of love and kindness in hopes of a radically different world, and is preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse through acts of badassery.
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5 Responses to NaNoWriMo and Me

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  2. A What If list sounds fun! I shall have to compose one of my own. And good luck on NaNo! I too am very excited, although I’ve found in the past that my excitement builds and builds right up to Nov 1, at which point I actually have to write something and suddenly I would rather do anything but write 😀

    • What if lists are really fun! It gets you thinking out of the box and if you keep going with the same idea, it makes you think logically about it, however outlandish it is! I’m going to use the technique from now on.
      I’ve tried NaNoWriMo in the past and failed at it, but this year I think I’ll go to the events and try to build a writing support network. We can keep each other motivated for you’re up for it!

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