My NaNoWriMo story is going well.
In the week prior to the beginning of NaNoWriMo, I researched Ghana as a setting for my story. I was inspired to set my story in Ghana after learning about the work of worldreader.org and their year-long Ghana trial making ereaders and ebooks available to assist in literacy and education and selecting them as a recommended charity for The Australian Literature Review).
In planning my story, I split the intended 50,000 words into four sections of 12,500 words, decided the general focus and direction each section would take and how these would flow together to keep the story momentum going throughout the 50,000 words.
I decided on the main characters I would include in the story and wrote a few key details of each character’s personality and personal background which would become relevant to the story.
I wrote down 16 story points to get through over the course of the first 12,500 words.
Then I began writing the story itself.
With my 16 story points in place for guidance, I confidently expect to get through the first 12,500 word section and have a firm set of story points to guide section two by the end of the weekend.
My story is aimed at children/teens. It is told by 13 year old Michael, the son of a biologist father specialising in primates and an adventure activity guide mother. His parents had planned a family trip to the Ghanaian jungle to search for rare Roloway monkeys in the Ankasa reserve, with another couple they are good friends with and their daughter Amy, who is Michael’s age. Following the recent death of Michael’s mother, he has insisted on going ahead with the trip. After a few days in the jungle, he tires of the adults always being busy with their work as well as his inability to develop a friendship with Amy, despite the close friendship their parents enjoy. His change of attitude towards their trek through the jungle inspires what he calls “the first of three major mistakes I would make in the next twenty four hours”. These “three major mistakes” will be made in the first section of the story and will contribute to a major turning point in the story at the end of the first section.
I am also on track with my 100 hours in 10 Days Challenge, for which I am contributing 100 hours of my time and effort between Nov 1st and Nov 10th to activities which benefit the work of worldreader.org towards their goal of “books for all”. More details on how this challenge is progressing will be provided in the next few updates.
The Australian Literature Review