Because we can’t get enough writing after NaNoWriMo, RocNaNo presents its own December writing challenge.
We’re calling it DecNoWriMo. You have a choice of two tracks to follow:
TRACK 1 – Just write: Add 20k of fresh new words to whatever project you’re working on. Or start a new short story. Finish your NaNo novel. Just write. Why are you reading this? Write!
TRACK 2 – Alternate Vision of Rochester: With a partner or two (or maybe none, if you think other people are too weird), write a story that uses Rochester as a starter. Write 5-25k words on the story. We’ll try to compile these stories at the end of the month for some manner of published thingy.
We’ve had lots of great ideas bouncing around on the RocNaNo Facebook group, including:
- Sticky Cheese scenario: A group of women ( or men/ or both) stuck in a place like Chuck E Cheese (in Rochester) because of their children being friends/birthday. Many possible directions like: Saw the movie meets Chuck E Cheese, or that the children set it up for the parents, or the PTA uses it a a way to solve issues between parents.
- What if Rochester had a freak lake effect blizzard and disappeared, was blown off the map? Maybe the Lady in White decided to take her revenge upon the entire city after falling in love with Jack Frost? Maybe the Bug Jar had been a enclosed experiment that somehow got loose onto the population? (Look up Bug Jar, Rochester if you don’t know what the place is)
- Maybe an epic battle to save the world between the Mormons in Palmyra and the strippers from the barrel…. Which pageant will rule them all?
- If anyone likes historical fiction – why not take a whack at alternative history: What if Eastman didn’t kill himself? What if Lake Ontario had become the 2nd Coney Island like it had been planned.
- Canada decides to attack America…their weapon of choice? Boss Sauce, Garbage Plates, chicken wings etc. (Nonsense! Canada attacks with donuts, beer, and Canadian bacon! Rochester replies with Country Sweet, Garbage Plates, and Zweigles Hots.)
- Rochester’s own War of the Roses – and Lilacs – pits Maplewood Park against Highland Park. The Civil War writ small. Cultivar against cultivar, with the gardeners trapped between. Will the aphids rule the day? Stonybrook and Letchworth are called to take sides’ yet who has the weapon that will win the war? Who has control of the cicadas? Are the rumors of the ash Beatles true? Is a tree genocide actually taking place? Why have the tulips remained silent? Who has allied with the tiger lillies?
- The dragon sleeping behind High Falls wakes up after napping several centuries, and he’s hungry.
- A Rochester NY / Rochester UK time-flip. I have two scenarios. In both, Rochester Castle from the UK winds up in the middle of the Genesee River, atop High Falls. In scenario one, the Genesee River appears in 13th century England, disrupting King John’s siege of the castle. In scenario two, the castle appears in Modern Rochester with its defenders, who pour hot oil over anyone who tries to approach. In either scenario, the besieged inhabitants have a problem: the castle in real life has no moat. Now it’s in the middle of a river. How do they get out? This can go serious (how to 13th century knights adapt to life in the city?) or funny (throwing chickens to make a bridge), and should give lots of story-telling options.
- As long as Rochester is worked in there somewhere, it’s good. (To give credit where it is due, most of the above thoughts come from Monika Zelda Wasser-Palermo and Kurt Schweitzer.)
So, are you in? Join us! Tell us who you are and what you plan to do in the comments below!