Sunday, 6 October 2013

NaNoWriMo Planning

Less than a month until National Novel Writing Month begins! I'm determined to hit 50 000 this year, and so have started planning plot, theme, etc! If you haven't heard of NaNoWriMo before, it's a great event where thousands of crazy writers across the world write a novel in a month. Here's the website if you'd like to join us: http://nanowrimo.org/ It's free, it's fun, and it sure gets the creative juices flowing! I find it helpful: during November I have to be really intentional about sitting down every day to write something; even if it isn't very good, at least it's a start, something I can go back and revise later.

So, here's what I have so far: the preliminary development of my idea and a step-by-step plan to take me to November 1st!

Cyborg Theory
by Brittni Ann Carey
NaNoWriMo 2013

Preliminaries:
During our first GA meeting with Dr. P, L. shared with us the matter of a panel at a conference he had attended in London; the panel was concerned with cyborg theory (at least, that's what I call it in my head). Or, in plain terms, in this society of ours where medicine is becoming increasingly technological and invasive into the human body, replacing joints, valves, bones with artificial substitutes, pacemakers, and plates, how do we define what it means to be a human being, or a cyborg for that matter? If you have dentures instead of teeth, does that make you one percent less human? Even wearing glasses renders part of you “artificially dependent”.

This struck me as terribly fascinating. How do we define ourselves as human beings in the 21st century. Materially? Ethically? Is the idea of a personal soul even a factor in what shapes our behavior and thought and morality?

So, I thought I’d write a story involving the development of this idea in medicine and how it could affect how we view ourselves and technology.

Step One: ask L. who the presenter was and look them up.
Step Two: research using the library database, internet
Step Three: Talk to people about the idea.
Step Four: sketch out a basic plot and character list
Step Five: arrange a writing time with C. and other NaNoers
Step Six: Stock up on caffeinated tea

Step Seven: Write a novel in a month!

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