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Due to the upcoming Nanowrimo, I’ve begun working on my writing again. To be honest, I’d almost given up on my muse, who hasn’t inspired me to write a letter since before the death of my Mother in May. Heck, It’s probably been more than a year since I’ve written anything in actuality. I might even go so far as to say that I’ve been clinically depressed!
For some reason though, this new year of Nanowrimo has brought out some real enthusiasm with this new story that I’ve decided to write. I’ve decided on a working title: “Hunter: Witch Hunter” and eventually I plan to take this new work and merge it with my old “Demon Hunter Diaries” to create one single complete work. It will be my first finished work if it all pulls together as planned.
“Hunter: Witch Hunter” will be a paranormal detective mystery set in Las Vegas, NV. It focuses on the Protagonist Jett Hunter, a 30 something police detective who stumbles upon a coven of very ancient and very established witches living and killing in Las Vegas. Having trained at the Chicago Police Academy, and being a homicide detective with a very logical mind, Jett must overcome the limitations of his mind and accept the fact that the supernatural truly does exist. If he is to be successful in solving the series of crimes that he’s stumbled on to, he is going to have to learn a thing or two about Magic. This, of course, is in direct opposition to how he is supposed to be thinking and creates a great deal of tension in his Las Vegas precinct house.
Over the next month I will be exploring the world of Jett Hunter through a series of short stories. I will write a new short story for each character, and attempt to build a world based upon these characters. I WILL be posting these short stories here on “Dark Mind.” I would encourage any readers of this work to critique or offer up ideas that might make the stories more interesting, exciting, or by providing any information regarding the magical aspects that might make the situations presented seem more accurate or real. Additionally, if you or someone that you know has any experience working with the police or has any experience in police policy or procedure can contribute time for an interview, I’d be greatly appreciative!
I thank you all in advance, and look forward to hearing from any of my readers!
Every year, the month of November brings us Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month–www.nanowrimo.org) Is a sort of contest which inspire writers to sit down and get a good start on a Novel by writing 50,000 words on one singular project within 30 days. I have been a member of the website for seven years now, and have actively taken the challenge 5 times that I can remember. I’ve only been successful in completing the challenge twice.
As much as I love this time of year, with all the creativity flowing and the creation of new and exciting worlds, I have come to the realization that Nanowrimo puts a serious fly into the ointment of my writing: It permits me, the writer, to be more sloppy than I ever should be. With it’s incessant demand for “word count”…”Word Count!” it forces me to use adverbs, adjectives and cliche with wreckless abandon in order to stretch my count to the highest that it can be. Then, after I finish for the month and go back to reread my work, I’m disgusted. I hate reading the wordy dreck that I’ve put on paper, and I find no affection for it. The happy feeling I had when writing my story disappears and I find loathing and dread when looking at the piece I have to edit, knowing that I might as well just start over.
I’ve decided to do this exercise one more time however, even though I find myself hating it every time I do it. This year, I’ve decided to go in with a game plan; and actual plot outline. I’m also not going to allow myself to be pushed to write dreck. I will no use crazy adjectives, adverbs, or other forms of literary garbage in order to pad the piece and make the wordcount. I will write the piece using short concise sentences when possible and try to use skill to make it likable so that when I return for editing it won’t be such a daunting task.
I encourage everyone to try Nanowrimo at least once in their lives. You don’t (and probably shouldn’t) have to take it as seriously as I do, but everyone should take the month during their lifetime and let a story from within them find life in the outside world. It really is great fun, and you meet some amazing, creative people on the journey toward the finish of your novel. Come on…give it a go!