Characters Without a Plot may Apply (the same is true for plots without characters)

I’ve decided that I’m going to participate in NaNoWriMo this year; however, I’m not going to be working on Per Ardua ad Astra for it. This will leave me free to not feel guilty about writing parts of it now.

Lately, I’ve had a hankering to work on short stories. So? I’m going to write an anthology of shorts. At the moment, I don’t have a particular theme connecting everything. It may be a collection of spec fic shorts. Or maybe a bunch of stories about my pilots. Who knows?

As I haven’t written short stories in a long time, one may end up being a novella. The stories might be flash fiction. They might be traditional shorts. I’m getting rather excited about this. I’ve developed a character sans plot; now, perhaps he’ll get one. Or two. Maybe I’ll be uber-geeky and write a fanfic.

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2 thoughts on “Characters Without a Plot may Apply (the same is true for plots without characters)

  1. Yey for you! I know you are definetly going to have a fun time!

    I participated in NaNo last year, or wait was it the year before. It was definetly around the time I finished University. (college) And that was in 2007, so quite a while back. Ever since then I’ve left that story in the cupboard. I’ve been back on it to edit. I did quite well, just around 7,800 words of straight scenes. For me the participating was rather more about seeing what I’d come up with, and not so much the word count, though it did help that I had to keep going on throughout and I developed an actual Novel by the end of it, though even not finished. It was a fun time, and was very proud of the accomplished story.

  2. P.S-Let it just flow, regardless of whether the character hasn’t got a plot and vice versa.

    One thing I did realise is that I was lacking in character with my characters on this adventure, and my scenes were winning.

    I think you can always work on them later, one way or another or like you have said develop it as you go along for that particurlar character.

    Ah the joys!

    Enjoy. 🙂

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