Wednesday, September 7, 2011

NaNoWriMo 2011 - To Steam or not to steam?

That is the question!

I'm closing in on the end of Stephen Hunt's Jack Cloudie and I'm thinking about writing a steampunk novel for NaNoWriMo 2011.  Or steampunk-influenced, anyway.  I'll probably make it more Edwardian in feel since I love the idle rich of P.G. Wodehouse's Edwardian comedies.  I might try three separate plots that come together at the end.

Stuff I'm thinking of including:
  1. a bumbling amateur detective and his robot butler/bodyguard
  2. morlocks
  3. those creepy telepathic kids from John Wyndham's Midwich Cuckoos
  4. dinosaurs
  5. airships
  6. punch card computers
  7. the martians from War of the Worlds
  8. vast subterranean caverns
  9. a monorail
  10. a street sweeper resembling a giant steam-powered Roomba
It's come to my attention that in NaNoWriMo's previous, I've focused on the plot rather than the characters.  This year, I intend on having a better handle on my players before the curtain goes up.