OD OT: McC NaNo-ing Around

This is a long post. Sorry.

What is NaNo?

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month held annually in November. They've recently begun doing CampNaNo in the summer. Unfortunately it is held in June and in August when most of us here are busy with school stuff.

The goal of a NaNo is to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. No grammar police, no spell-nazi's just write.

In this case the NaNo would involve willing McCoven working together to complete a NaNo during July.

So how the hell do we organize this? I have a few ideas. Let's discuss for the next week and come up with some good ideas.

I know that there are techie things that need to be taken care of, so bring those up too.

Here are my thoughts:

Our one common interest is Giants baseball so baseball should figure in in some way.

For the sake of holding it all together I propose there be two main characters, one male, one female. One or both of these characters needs to be at least a supporting player in whatever you write [exception noted below]. You can add as many characters as you want or dispose of characters as need be, but please don't go all GoT and kill EVERYBODY 'k?

Since we probably all write in different genres and styles I was trying to think of some over-arcing plot line that would allow for these variations. I thought maybe aliens traveling through time and space would leave plenty of doors [or wormholes] open for people to create in their style of choice.

This would mean the novel would take on an interwoven short story approach. I can see two advantages to this: it will allow people to begin working on their stories by developing the worlds, times, or cultures into which the main character[s] and whatever companions, may find themselves, without having to wait for someone else to finish. And it will also keep the components of the story independent just in case somebody has "life" happen to them and they have to bow out. Plus I don't want to be the one on the main post harassing somebody because they didn't turn in their 1750 words by midnight of the night before.

So I was thinking something along the lines of space being[s] coming down to earth and stealing the Giants 2010 World Series trophy (reasons to be determined later) the quest is then to recover the trophy whilst traipsing about through all manners of space and time. ( And this is where the aforementioned exception comes in: if somebody wants to write for the space creature[s] you don't need to include cameos by the 2 main characters ...)

Time wise I was thinking something like this:

July 1 - July 6 the "beginnings committee" writes the start of the story.

July 7-14th first adventures writing section goal: 25,000 combined words

July 15-18 the "transitions committee" links together the first batch of stories and the "endings committee" proposes a rough draft ending

July 16-27 (yes, it overlaps) second adventures writing section (for people who were on vacation or late to the party or whatever...and for people who left their first adventure open with a reason to revisit it)

July 28-31 transitions people work on the 2nd batch of adventures and the endings people conclude the story. And we all panic over having only 49,878 words

note "committee" = 1 person, a few people, or everybody

What do you think?

yeah, I know: tl;dnr


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