Unless an amazing idea befalls me between now and November first, I will be writing a novel based entirely on dares from the NaNoWriMo forums.
What’s a dare, you ask? Remember playing Truth or Dare at a slumber party, and if you were at the slumber parties I was at, no one wanted to do truth or dare because revealing the guy you liked was too painful for a ten-year-old, and the dares were absolutely ridiculous. Tame, but ridiculous all the same. We listened in on the guys once, though. One of their truths was whether they had urinated on an electric fence. That’s an easy answer, I’d hope.
Dares work the same for NaNoWriMo. You’re dared to put ridiculous things in your novel. Since no one’s going to read your novel without your permasimmons, you’re making a fool of yourself only in front of you. If you can’t bear that, then what can you bear during NaNo? NaNoWriMo embraces the exuberant tomfoolery.
I once heard that a good author can make a good story out a bad idea. If I continue with this idea, we’re going to see if that’s true. Who knows. There may even be excerpts.