A critical part of NaNoWriMo is deciding what you are going to write about. Some people, known in the community as “Pantsers,” don’t plan out what they are going to write about. They start out on November 1 with a blank sheet of paper and just begin. Others are known as “Planners.” This is the group I fit into, and we plan at least some of what we are going to do, up to full detailed outlines/storyboards/etc.
As I said in my first post, my idea came to me while I was typing a gibberish story in order to work on my typing speed. As I fleshed the idea out a little more, I became pretty excited about the possibilities.
They say ‘write what you know.’ Well, this story is firmly rooted in what I know. Some quick background info on who I am:
- I spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force working in law enforcement/security.
- Since separating, I have worked in a few different security jobs, including one in a downtown skyscraper.
- Scary things have happened. Being alone in large buildings is scary.
With that being known, allow me to present my novel:
First let me be clear about something… I hate that title. I wanted something there to satisfy my need for completeness while filling out my NaNoWriMo profile. The title will change at least once, if not multiple times as the story develops. Since originally posting this article, I have settled on the new, permanent title of BRAVE DEFENDER. Very happy with this title as it fits well with my theme, which I will expand on at a later date!
Here is the synopsis:
A young but weathered military veteran obtains his first ‘civilian’ job as a night shift security guard in an upscale 33-floor office building downtown. What begins as a refreshing change of pace takes a sinister turn for the worse when he discovers there are supernatural forces at work in the building that want him dead. In order to make it out alive, he’ll have to discover the truth waiting for him on the secretive 33rd floor, all while facing his own demons from his war-torn past.
The genre is supernatural horror. There were a lot of creepy things that happened while I was working in the skyscraper downtown. Of course most (more likely all) of it was due to me being alone in the dark in a building that was normally filled with hundreds or thousands of people. Strange noises, movements in the corners of my vision, objects I didn’t notice moments before that were now there, etc. It can be unsettling.
All of these things, plus many other things I have/will thought up, will be in the novel. Unlike my experience, the protagonist will have to face a more unnatural cause.
This will be my first novel, and I’m really looking forward to it. I have tons of ideas for it, in fact I’m going to be working on the outline for the next few days at least. I am planning on keeping the outline very rough and loose to allow for some organic and spontaneous additions. My main goal is just to complete the 50,000 words at a minimum, which requires 1,667 words per day. This would result in approximately 200 pages of content. If I hit more than that, amazing!
If all goes well, I would like to spend the following months editing and revising the book, possibly even extending it past the 50,000 words in order to have a satisfying conclusion. At that point I may make it available online. Time will tell, but for now I just want to make it through the process.
Well, back to work. Thanks for reading!