(cross-posted with my political blog)
Did I spell accountability correctly...? I never do...
Anyway, this weekend I'm gonna use the Three-Day-Novel time period (I did not apply for it, 'cause I need to save up the $50 fee for Star Wars toys!) to pound out a trashy urban fantasy novel.
It should be easy. Like so:
1) Urban setting AKA The City: New York City by default. Nearly EVERY city in a U.S. fantasy story is based on New York City. Los Angeles only if sunlight, surf, or film-making is part of the narrative. San Francisco if you want quirky hippie Wiccans. Washington DC if you want everything blown up to serve your political ideology. If you use Atlanta or St. Louis or Houston or Tampa, what is your problem? And the capitol of the state of Montana does not count as an urban setting, sorry residents of the state of Montana...
2) Protagonist(s): Sexy vampire. There's ALWAYS a sexy vampire. His/her morality will be just off by enough to make him/her excitingly dangerous, yet human enough to enjoy having great sex with.
3) Narrator: A third-person or first-person tale-teller who gets wrapped up in the crazy event who stands in as the Everyman naive newcomer to the Masquerade (aka the Magic World hidden from the Mundane World). Kinky make-out session with the Sexy Vampire is mandatory: it all depends on if you open with it or draw the story out for UST fuel to the end of the novel.
4) Sword: There should at least be one sword, so it can be wielded by the Sexy Vampire for the book cover.
5) Monsters: Dumb ones. Easy to kill, and inhuman to allow for a massacre of them without any moral quandaries. Mooks with swords instead of plasma rifles.
6) Quirky Secondary Characters: they're not as sexy as the vampire but by their wacky habits allows the writer to diversify and show off character-building skills, and these characters can appeal to the readers and turn into spin-off lead figures for later works.
7) MacGuffin: A reason or object the sexy vampire is set against a particular villain. It needs to be satisfyingly unique to stand out as a doom-worthy artifact or deadly secret that could end the sexy vampire's lifestyle/friendship with his/her equals.
8) Potential victims: the innocent crowds of people in a packed city who ARE NOT AWARE OF THE MASQUERADE and thus need protecting "from themselves!" This includes the local law enforcement, who would usually have the manpower and firepower to handle most situations in the first place if properly informed.
9) Dead Friend Walking: an ally of the Sexy Vampire or narrator who's a firm friend indeed, and is thus doomed to die in order to make the conflict "personal" and to highlight just how serious the crisis is.
10) A Betrayer: Sometimes it's the Dead Friend Walking who either willingly or by magic force turns against the Sexy Vampire/Narrator. If it's a complete stranger, it has to be someone directly tied to the MacGuffin to make it meaningful.
11) A Fancy Nightclub That's Way Too Exotic With The Interior Design: Think how Hollywood movies spend a sh-tload of money on cool-looking sets, creating a night club full of lights, chrome handlebars, plush leather sofas, stocked bars, mirrors everywhere (even for vampires - they can use the mirrors to spot Normals), incredibly cute Normals dancing the night away, and a spot where Sexy Vampire and Narrator can make out in public and still not get caught doing it.
12) Overpowered Villain With One Obvious Weakness: His (sometimes Her) Pride. And that the Artifact-As-MacGuffin can be turned into a stabby weapon shoved into his head for maximum gory deathiness.
13) A Catch Phrase: "Bite me" is too obvious, but what the hell.
I plan on having 18,000 words done by Monday. :)
Update Monday: I got about 7000 words. I bit off more than I could chew thinking I could get 18,000 words done. :/ On the other hand, I'm going through a solid revision of the last project "Body Armor Blues" and am lining up a cover artist to self-publish by the end of the month...