I’m going to wrap myself up in a blanket of hypotheticals right now, because if this were actually happening, I might lose my mind. Let’s pretend for a moment that November’s the month where writers all around the world try to write 50k words before December. It shouldn’t be that much of a stretch to imagine that. There’d be about 18 days left for anyone to start anything right now.
If I were to suddenly participate in it, I’d make writing a visual novel my goal, from beginning to end. It’d be a way to train for Nanoreno. I think if I were to do it, I’d carve out 3 days for outlining, and then 15 for for direct-to-Renpy script writing. December would be for editing and pitching to artists, programmers, designers, etc. If the pitch failed, it would be shelved for a while.
The plot would have to be something small with a four person cast. I’m thinking a more…mature? GxB plot where you’re trying to decide if you’re ready to take the next step in your relationship. He’s ready to move forward. Even his daughter finally wants to meet you. And the rapper you’re producing beats for is making you question things even more. Oh, and did I mention that you’re 23 and your guy’s 38? You’re not quite a May/December, but you’re feeling that kind of strain.
Add a familiar city as a backdrop and boom, there’s a VN that could be written from scratch in 18 days.
None of the characters have names yet, only words that “color” them. For the 38 year old, it’d be “dork.” One of those people that’s into useless, yet relevant, trivia. His 15 year old daughter would be one of those aloof, standoffish types with an issue of her own that you could choose or not choose to solve. The rapper would be “laidback,” but designed in a way that emphasizes his early 20s age. Something that sets him apart from the current flame.
As for the dear Protagonist…well, “uncertainty.” She’s at that place in the relationship where it’s decision time. Do you want this to be your future, or do you want to keep exploring your options? Are you truly ready to “settle down” with someone? Do you just need more time? All of the outside noise in her life (a mother that keeps bothering her on webchat, all of her blog commentators, and more) makes it harder for her to decide.
There will be choices and a handful of endings. But, uh…like I said, it’d be crazy for me to start anything like that. yep!