Writing and World of Darkness

Things have been crazy lately. An update on Nanowrimo is that I met their word count and even went over it with my final product being approximately 175,000 words, but I still have a long way to go. Maybe it’s not as long as I’m making it out to be, but it feels like there’s going to be a bit of a slog til the finish. It’s not something I’m going to look at until after the holidays are over, though. It’s enough that I have to do the Christmas run around, I don’t want to have writing deadlines on top of that.

Despite the craziness that has been going on both at work and in my personal life, I’ve found that I’ve really been in a writing mood. Lately, I’ve been going back and rereading some of the things that I wrote during the summer. At the time, I thought they were horrible, but now that I look back at it I can see that there are some really good ideas in there and that it just needs some polishing. This is one of the big reasons that I have fallen into the habit of not deleting anything that I write. You never know when you’re going to go back to it later and realize that what you wrote was actually pretty good.

One of the things that I’ve been looking into more is the World of Darkness series. I didn’t know much about the table top game as a whole, but I was deeply invested in Hunter: The Reckoning a couple years ago. One thing that the books had over any other game book I’d ever read was the deeply immersive storytelling aspect of their game books. I had created a character who was a Wayward and the sheer madness that your character can descend into is something that really helped me push my writing in the older days. I think this is part of the reason that I like writing morally ambivalent characters. We like to identify one person or the other as the hero, but there really aren’t that many people who can live up the heroic ideal that is painted by films and novels.

There are only a few people who are going to get this reference.
There are only a few people who are going to get this reference.

I like the flawed hero. The one that you cheer for and dislike at the same time and in my most recent novel, that is the aspect of them that I have been trying to bring out. These thoughts have been turning over in my mind and maybe it will make it into a new novel. There’s a definite goal for novel writing this new year. I was able to write two novels this year, both that I’m very proud of. In the new year I’m going to try to write three.

Whether or not it’s possible, I have no idea. Despite this, I think that setting the goal will in the end be a positive thing for me. I’m not a person who can relax or stop their mind from working so it’s better that I keep it occupied.

Wish me luck? Haha.