July Camp NaNoWriMo: First Weekend

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I started off July’s Camp NaNoWriMo by going to the library for research purposes. Worldbuilding is an important aspect of writing, so it is just as important to do proper research. For Deerstalker, the novel I have been working on all year, I have to do a lot of research due to the specific time period and setting I chose. Not only do they have a large impact on the plot, but it also affects small things, such as food, clothing, and customs.

I picked up books about the culture of the regions I have chosen to incorporate into my novel and the time period it is placed in so I can have a better understanding of the world. While my story contains supernatural elements that are not present in our world, I still want to bring in realistic elements to ground the reader.

I’ve actually had a lot of fun researching the culture and setting over the past few days. I learned a lot about history that I never would have imagined had I not chosen this specific period and region. These snippets of information will serve to enrich the plot, characters, and overall story by adding in details that the reader can relate to. I look forward to learning more about the places and peoples I have chosen for this story! I have already thought of new scenes to add based on the information I found so far, and can’t wait to write them out.

Welcome to the new age

I’ve added a new novel to my project list, called Rise of the Mechas: The Third World War. Tentative title for a scifi novel. This idea was originally designed as a role-play website called Gundam Titanium, but has been developing into a novel as I encounter impressive movies like Pacific Rim and inspiring shows like Almost Human. While the concept was based off of the Gundam franchise (I’m a huge fan), I’ve been modifying things to make them unique.

I’m usually more of a fantasy writer, because for some reason magic is easier to wrap my head around, but I really dig the sci-fi genre. The hardest part about writing science-fiction, at least for me, has to do with all of the technological advancements and scientific appeal. I’m no scientist, but I have a pretty big imagination. Some features of this novel will include androids capable of transforming into Mechas, a third world war involving multiple factions, neutral nations, rebels, and secret organizations, as well as enhanced cars. Once I do a quick legal check and mold more of the tech, I might start writing. Because I made it first as a website, designed for other players to incorporate their own ideas, a lot of stuff has already been plotted out and prepared–but I still have a long way to go.

There will most likely be future installments, especially when it comes to exploring space, but right now I am only working on one novel for this project. I’ll definitely be paying more attention to classics like Star Trek as I head into sci-fi territory.