I see that in the past 6 months, I’ve written two posts and both have been on the rather… sad side of things. So, maybe I should try to finish out the year with something a little more light-hearted.
Once again I missed NaNoWriMo this year as I had a few things on my plate that made writing pretty low on my list. So, I found myself inspired just after the end of NaNo to finally jump into something and turned to my fellow Thotplacer and indefatigable wordsmith Bob McCoog to participate in a personal challenge of our own. And please understand, this trooper had just completed his NaNo book when I proposed this little war of words.
To make a long story short (or, now that I think about it, I might actually be making a short story longer…), on December 4th the two of us embarked on a mission, inspired by an article on io9.com that can be found here regarding The 10 Rules for Space Operas. The task is simple: a minimum 75,000 words, a maximum 2 months (ending February 4th), and the space opera story we write must include all of the article’s rules.
It’s been 11 days so far and I, for one, have been enjoying the experience of this writing challenge. Space opera would not have been my previous first choice for a novel, but I’ve found it to be really fun nonetheless. I started off strong with my word-count-per-day, but have slowed down some since for various reasons, putting me at a total of just under 17,000 words at this moment.
Anyway, that’s what we’re doing (among other things). If you’re looking to write and find yourself stuck for an idea, you might consider the same type of challenge for yourself. Or, better yet, take a stab at this particular challenge and see what you end up with. The article is a great tongue-in-cheek list of common space opera tropes and figuring out how to write a somewhat original novel around them has been a worthwhile experience.
And that’s what it’s all about.
(hmmm… it’s been a while since I wrote one of these posts. Feels like I should end it with a clever zinger but I think I missed the mark on the one above. Ah, well, you get what you pay for.)