It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane… (NaNoNaNo)

NaNoWriMo is in FULL swing. Somewhere out there are between 100,000 and 200,000 writers, writing. Maybe more? I just pulled that number out of my head. Can you feel the brainwaves as they grab on to those gently floating words and put them down on the page/screen? I can. It’s never a better time to write than when you know there are so many others sharing in the process. And guess what? We’re not fighting for those words. We’re not stabbing each other inside a cauldron of Alphabet Soup, fighting over the very limited number of alphabets floating in the abyss. There’s enough for everyone. It’s an unlimited supply!

Remember to support your fellow NaNoWriMo-ers this year (or is it NaNo-ers?). That’s a part of what it’s all about…offering encouragement when it’s needed and hope where there is none. Writers are a very supportive group of people. Always there to pat each other on the back, to say, “Hey, you’re doing a great job. Keep it up!” That’s most important when we take on a task as a community. So don’t forget to encourage. It will come back to you 10-fold.

Oh, and as far as the title of this blogpost goes, it has a bit to do with my 2011 NaNoWriMo project, actually. Here’s the idea floating around in my head so far. It could take a very different turn and end up being something completely different. But at the moment, this is it:

Young Adult Novel – FAT SUPERHERO – Carver is a grade ten student who sees himself as a superhero, but only in his head. He has all the right moves, knows all the right things to say, saves all the losers from fates worse than death. Basically, he’s able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. BUT only in his head. On the outside, Carver is pushing 300lbs. He’s a member of the Puke Brigade (PB), a group of losers who were given free admission to the Brigade in grade school by the Wendys. The Wendys are the two most popular girls in high school. They’re as mean as they are popular. Once they relegate you to the PB, you’re there for life. But Moira, Carver’s fellow Puke Brigader, has an idea. Her crater face will probably clear up by college. And maybe she can get herself a new wardrobe that doesn’t scream, “Puke Brigade!” So she’s covered. Her mission— Get Carver Skinny by College.

So, there is my idea. I have close to 4,000 words so far. Trying to get extra done this week as I’ll be in Montreal all weekend with my publisher—book signing and sightseeing. I won’t have time or inclination to write.

I’m going to have fun inside Carver’s head, though. There will be some awesome Superhero activity playing out in the story. I don’t know if he will eventually get powers on the outside, but on the inside he’s gonna have a lot of cool powers going on. Or so that is the plan. Who knows with NaNo…it goes where IT wants to go. The NaNo-er is just the driver. The words are the machine in November…the navigator. In the heat of the writing, anything can happen!

ENJOY your writing…wherever it takes you this NaNoWriMo season. Have FUN!

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright


  1. The story sounds great, Kev. And your making progress! Since I’ll be in Montreal with you I offer support you in your endeavor. I’ll be happy to pick on you and annoy you all weekend. Just to keep the spirit of the story alive, you understand. I’ll have that nice comfy ride in the trunk to keep me motivated.

    P.S. One cannot share chocolate from the trunk.

  2. Thanks, guys! Sandra…you can have the backseat. (I like chocolate!) (-: Sharon, I LOVE the underdog. They’re in every story I write. (-:

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