As some of you may or may not know, back in 2009 I co-wrote and produced a television pilot called SuperZeroes. Shot as a mockumentary, it followed a group of young men attempting to form a team of street level super heroes in the Australian city of Brisbane. Whilst all of the characters possessed unique “gifts”, they tended to be rather unremarkable, or simply inconvenient, such as the ability to secrete a thick milk from the palms of one’s hands, or being able to teleport, but only ever to a specific neighbourhood in Sydney. For those who never saw it, I’ve included a brief trailer below. Forgive the low quality of the video, it’s all that I have access to here in Seoul.
While the pilot never found much in the way of success, it’s a concept I’ve always wanted to revisit. After toying with it for a good year now, I think I’ve finally settled on an appropriate means to convert the original idea for the proposed series into a novel.
Cue NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month. The event invites budding authors around the world to try and pump out an entire 50,000 word manuscript in a meagre thirty days. While the fantasy novel I’ve been working on continues to make steady progress, I’ve always wanted to give NaNoWriMo a crack and think it just might be the perfect opportunity to give SuperZeroes another spin.
If you are at all interested in participating in NaNoWriMo yourself, there’s still plenty of time to get set up and ready to go before November. There are a heap of experienced event organisers worldwide to assist in keeping you motivated and writing throughout the month. It could be just the push you need to turn that long gestating novel idea you’ve always had into a reality. I encourage you to check out the official NaNoWriMo website here and find some people participating near you.
I’ll be sure to post all about my own experience with the event come December. Good luck!