NaNoWrimo 2017 – A Fictional Grimoire

The National Novel Writing Month (better known as NaNoWriMo) has begun! The goal has always been the same: write a novel of 50,000 words or more over a period of a month. I’ve personally tried my hand at it, but never did quite get past the first week or so.

This year should be different.

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Midnight North – Chapter 0

CHAPTER ZERO: A NARRATION

Let me tell you about Midnight North.

It was a utopia. Bounded by massive walls along the mountains of its southern border, the city’s black walls sucked every ounce of light that it could greedily grab. A massive road called the Superconduit connected it to the outside world by maglev train, hovertruck and other means of transportation. A silver spire in the center of the city stood, defiant and unmarked by the elements. Within its walls, no one hungered or got sick. No one was unhappy or unsatisfied. Every need was met, and every life was given purpose by the mysterious overseer who ruled the city with an iron fist.

It was a utopia, indeed. But it was not a place for mortal man.

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Diving into Writing: Characters

I’m writing a bit for work, and writing a bit for myself. This is about the latter.

When you write a story, you have to handle characters. And while making them outrageously over-the-top is always an option (see vangels), sometimes you have to ground them in a little reality.  Or a lot, depending on how you take things.

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