I have my story idea for NaNoWriMo this year. I’m kind of excited about it. At least I was when I thought of it. It’s a bit of a meta-story, a pure fantasy that could not in any way happen in real life, or even alternate world life, and I would be lying if I said it did not in some way resemble John Scalzi’s inexplicably-Hugo-award-winning Redshirts. I would say it has some elements of Redshirts and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One mixed up together. Possibly with a dash of Disney’s Tron.
My primary goal is to make myself laugh. Sometimes when I’m writing and I cannot think of what to actually write, particularly when I’m trying to meet a word count goal, I just start having the characters talk about the writing and the story. I find those moments incredibly fun and easy to write, and somewhat hilarious to read later. Sometimes I read those bits and think, "Hey, this is actually good." That’s the groove I will be trying to hit this year. The not-too-serious-but-hey-this-is-actually-kind-of-good-anyway groove.