For those who are unfamiliar with the term, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It takes place during the month of November, and during this period, participants aim to write a (minimum) 50,000 novel from scratch. The challenge is very much a literary marathon of sorts, and the community is constantly getting larger every year.
This year, I am participating in NaNoWriMo, and will be making a Steampanku story. For the month of November, I will be discussing on this blog several things about my characters, settings, and plot devices. As of this post, I already have 2,761 words, and look to go all the way. I have a general synopsis planned out, and the world building and character development will be discussed through this blog.
Quoted from my NaNoWriMo novel profile:
“In Edo, there are two rulers of the land: the Shogunate, who watches over the country with a literal iron fist, and the Yakuza gangs who vie for control of the individual territories. But a rapid ‘ Industrial Revolution in Japan makes it the forefront of power in the Eastern World, but its way of life is threatened from within and without. The seedy underbelly of the cities take advantage of this boom for their own personal gain. Steam-powered mechsuits replace traditional sumo; difference engines are used as gambling machines; even prostitutes in brothels are threatened to be replaced by lifelike automata.
Follow the lives of Takeshi, a ronin who works as a hired thug for the mob: Yuki, a geisha, struggling to pay off her father’s debt: and Hanako, a young girl who expresses herself through her inventions. All stories are woven together by a single incident, and fate will bring them back together.
An exotic romance of 19th century Japan combined with the social idealism of steampunk, “Steampanku” is the author’s self-coined term for Japan’s counterpart to the hugely popular Victorian aesthetic: Far East style with the spirit of Wild West.”
For those who are participating in NaNoWriMo, I wish you the best of luck. As for me, I look forward to sharing my progress (and potentially the lack thereof) with you all.
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