2011 Challenger: Chris Gladis

| October 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

I found this competition and thought it would work really well with the NaNo project that I’m preparing for this year. At first I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, since I’m already working on a daily writing project, but then I realized that there was no real reason I couldn’t. All I had to do was finesse the definition of a “novel.”

I’m going to go for a single, overarching theme that can be divided into five parts – one for each week – and write stories based on that. My first impulse was the classical elements – earth, air, fire, water and aether. Each element gets a week, and the stories in that week are somehow related to that element. I’ll keep looking for sets of five that might lend themselves to this kind of structure, but you get the idea. In the end, I’ll have a thirty-story anthology that is, if all goes well, over 50,000 words.

This means, of course, that I will need to create at least 30 new characters over the course of the month, across several different genres. Frankly, I have no idea.

Unfortunately, I’m not much of an artist. But I can use those word-things to describe the people in my head, so that will do nicely.

Looking forward to it!

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I'm a teacher and a writer living in Osaka, Japan, and will be doing this project concurrently with my NaNoWriMo project.

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  1. That sounds like a fascinating project. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. It’s really neat to see what people think of for themes.

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