Friday, October 28, 2011

High Hopes

So this may sound crazy but next month I am attempting writing my first novel. I signed up for National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. It's a contest where participants aim to write an entire novel, minimum of 50,000 words, in one month. The point is to write as much as you can in one month without stressing about editing and wondering if what you are writing is any good. Water For Elephants actually started as a NaNoWriMo novel. 

I figure if people can run 26.2 miles in one day, I can write about 175 pages in one month. I'm aiming for 7 pages a day since I will have to take off a weekend for my trip to D.C. I love writing fiction and I think this is a good year for me to try this out!

So what am I going to write about? What genre will I choose? Here are a few ideas I've got cooking....what do you think?

Idea #1
Title: Betrayal and Tides 
Genre: Romance
Summary: Lonely widow Sydney Simmons escapes a town full of endless rumors and gossip and flees to the English castle where her estranged father, a retired high profile CEO of a major pharmaceuticals firm, resides. While reconnecting with her father, she meets her father's bodyguard Vince Bennet, who is not only distrustful of Sydney handling her father's estate, but is also gorgeous. When Sydney's past catches up with her and she is accused of her own husband's murder, who's body will Vince guard?

Idea #2
Title: Galahad of the 22nd Century
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: Galahad is a typical 25 year old man living in Sandusky, Ohio at the turn of the 22nd century. As a resident of the largest city on Earth, the center of civilization, he is given the opportunity to participate in the most important vote the world have ever seen. The earth's natural resources are gone. Global warming has spun out of control, the world experiences 24 hours of daylight.  The oceans are polluted, anyone who takes a swim or surf ends up with scales. Still, Galahad cannot decide: should marijuana be legalized?

Idea #3
Title: Spermicide
Genre: Thriller
Summary: Jack Olson is devastated when he finds out that the man he grew up calling Dad is not his biological father. It is discovered that during his mother's in vitro fertilization, a mad scientist switched Jack's father's sperm with his own. Jack is angry, and he is not alone. Jack and his 2,000 half siblings, all victims of the mad scientist's sick game, plot to murder their father. But do all of Jack's siblings really want their daddy gone?

Idea #4
Title: Mage of the Dark Ember
Genre: Fantasy
Summary: Zaden is the son of a poor carpenter of the village of Valin in the Kingdom of Mabyn. When the dark witch Macadrian defies Mabynian ancient law and opens a portal to Land of the Mystics, the consequences leave Zaden an orphan, but he is also left with his father's family secret of being the sole survivors of a race of a magical-mystical hybrid humanoids. Only Zaden has the power to close the portal, but he has the help of warrior Han Qadan, his dragon Saba, conjuror Kadri, and most importantly, his father's memory. The only question is, on what side of the portal does Zaden want to remain?

Idea #5
Title: Whodunnit?
Genre: Mystery
Summary: Whodunnit?

Okay, I'm not at all serious about any of these ideas. But I am very serious about trying to write an entire novel in one month! I do have somewhat of an idea of what it's going to be about, and you will all find out what that is when it's published someday!

Even though I won't ever be writing these books, they're still my ideas and I better not see anyone steal these exciting plots!


  1. Thanks for my new idea, you can look forward to purchasing Spermicide by ME at a barnes & noble near you ... suckaa!

  2. I can't wait to read your novel Em!!! You could write about any of these ridiculous topics and I'd buy ten copies because I'd love it that much.

  3. Dude Em. Here is the novel you need to write. I thought of this way back when and only you can capture it.

    A classic love story. A ND football player falls for the girl from the wrong side of tracks who works at the Dining Hall. You could even make it interracial if you want to get real spicy. No better stage for a love story than ND and South Bend.

    Or you could switch the roles. Rich ND girl falls for the broke dude cutting ham.