It appears that everywhere I look these days people are preparing themselves for NaNoWriMo by either researching their characters or locations. Looking round the NaNoWriMo forums is almost scary as people are asking for very specific things, including Czech accents or whether people that wear glasses get headaches if they have to spend a day without them. Others post their plot or describe their novel in 20 words or less.
On Twitter @cory_grimes has been researching her Elliot Smith like protagonist for over a week now and @writingwoman, a freelance author and writer from Germany always does plenty of research before engaging into writing. Of course, it is different in her case as she is actually being paid to write, but nevertheless a lot of time goes into preparation.
Me? I don’t know what genre it will be, I don’t know who my main character is or his/her name nor the actual plot. In short, I know nothing about it. But is that such a bad thing? The only preparations I have done in the past were related to the time I was a news writer on gaming sites; all my creative writing or columns just sort of developed themselves based around something I had seen or that annoyed me and any research necessary was done on the fly as the internet is always just a click away. For example the story I wrote in year 7 came to place after looking at a print of a chapel in the woods that inspired me. The novel that managed to gt 150,000 words long all started, because I came across a name I liked.
Oh and whether it is really good that the internet is just a click away is for another time.
It does makes me wonder if I am just kidding myself and have the wrong approach about things. Is a set guideline essential to writing a good novel? Does preparation create more depth? Is that kind of depth necessary?
NaNoWriMo is less than a month away and at least for this year I am going to keep doing what I have done before, write just the way I feel it. The important things for me this year will be completing the project or at least staying dedicated for the duration of it. As for next year, that’s still 13 months away!