NaNoWriMo 2008

The insanity has set in, and I’m fully prepared to enjoy it. I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo for the first time. I’ve known about for about four years, but never took it seriously until last year. I didn’t do it last year due to a severe case of writer’s block being too afraid of failure.

I’ve taken the plunge, and you can find some more details about the novel I’m starting and my NaNoWriMo attempts here. I’ve you’ve seen the first three chapters of A DRAGON’S QUEST, you may recognize the concepts in my NaNoWriMo novel which is entitled MAXELOR’S QUEST. I’ve trashed those first three chapters, and I am starting over with a fresh approach, a fresh protagonist name, and a fresh title.

Why change the name of the protagonist? Why should that matter? I had gone with “Atrax”, but there at least two “Artax” characters out there already (the wizard from the Nodwick Comic series, and a horse from THE NEVER ENDING STORY.) Atrax was too close to Artax, and it bothered me. Had my Atrax been a side character with a brief involvement in the story, I would have left the name alone. However, he’s my main character, so I’m changing the name.
Wish me luck in my endeavor to reach 50,000 words next month. The 50,000 words won’t even be the entire novel. It will be about half of the novel if I have things sketched out correctly. We’ll see how it goes, though.