So right now my NaNovel is hovering around 22,000 words. Today being the 24th of November, that means I am way behind. Not quite so far behind that I can’t pull it off, but it’s discouraging. It may be more so for me because I am totally pantsing this thing and I have no idea what I’m doing. Political satire about the country’s presidential campaign process and reality TV? Yeah, I don’t answer my door or my phone during campaign season, and I don’t even own a TV.
Oddly enough, though, this story is starting to come together. I won’t kid myself, this NaNoWriMo is more of an exercise in world-building than anything else. I am doubtful that the novel format I’m working with right now could be successful, but I’m beginning to get a handle on what I’m hoping to accomplish. I envision a mockumentary web series that is sort of like a combination of American Idol, The Apprentice, and The Office, with a dash of Schoolhouse Rock thrown in for good measure. I will have to do some serious research on both reality TV and the political arena before I can fill in very many details, but at least now I don’t feel as directionless as I did three weeks ago.