November is National Novel Writing Month, a time when authors and want to be authors attempt to write a 50,000-word novel. Based on Chris Baty’s book No Plot, No Problem, and with a daily goal of 1700 words a day, the goal is to write. Just write. Some people put in months of pre-work developing character sketches, world building, plot creation,and other facets of writing without actually writing the main novel. Others spend thirty days just writing what comes to them. But whether you are a plotter or a pantser, by the end of November, you should have a novel. The level of completeness depending on your planning, your plotting, and your imagination.
November 2019 came upon me rather suddenly this time around, and I did not have even a rough idea what I could write about. So this year, my novel is an experience in writing as the stories came to me. In this book, you will find The Orgasm, The Wedding, and Lynda, which comprise over 10,000 written words. Three screenplays accompany the story The Orgasm, called Lily and Viv, The Nymphs and the Satyr, and The Orgy. Each of these scripts can be counted in NaNo as they are an outgrowth of the Script Frenzy program (now defunct) that used to run in April. Script Frenzy encouraged people to write at least a 100-page screenplay. No small feat, even though I have attempted it four times successfully.
Finally, I still have a few days left in the month, so I have been working on a parody of M*A*S*H, called The Nurses of the 8069 which is still missing a few scenes. If I get time in the next couple of days to finish it, I will, but it may just have to wait. (The draft date is from when I started the outline, not the actual script writing. I have a bunch of outlines kicking around), as well as a new script with two old characters, Katherine and Jason, called Katherine.
While this may not be entirely what they had in mind, I believe it fits the spirit of the original challenge, and I hope you enjoy reading the stories that have come from my month of writing.