NaNoWriMo and the Problem With Star Wars: Episode VII

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers.”

 –  George Lucas

 

Whoa, lots to talk about tonight. Two particular topics, both of which I’m several days late on. But still, here are my thoughts anyway.

For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it’s short for “National Novel Writing Month,” which is November. In recognition of this, NaNoWriMo is an organization that challenges people everywhere to sit down and write a novel at least 50,000 words long (roughly two hundred pages in book form) in just one month, from November 1st to the 30th.

Those who want to officially participate sign up on http://www.nanowrimo.org/, create an account, and enter their story in an online word processor. If you make it to the word count by midnight on the last day of November, you get egregiously large sums of money, along with a mansion of your choosing and every Harry Potter replica wand ever made…

Just kidding. You get an online certificate.

Still cool though, right?

 

Am I participating?

…Kind of.

Officially, no, I’m not creating an account and uploading my work. Nor am I starting a novel from scratch. But, I am hoping to write one.

Fasten your seat belts, ladies and gentleman, because I’m about to blow up this world with a great, closely-guarded secret:

The first book I ever wrote was bad.

 

 

Slight Dramatization.

 

Okay, so maybe that doesn’t surprise you. It shouldn’t. But the point is, I’ve spent the past few years rewriting portions of this manuscript, rewriting other portions, editing the whole thing for wording, adding chapters…and finally, several months ago, I realized I just need to start it all over.

So that’s what I hope to do this month. I already started over, had a friend look at the first few chapters, and got several aweing ideas to incorporate. And so I begin incorporating, with the goal of finishing the REAL, FINAL version of the manuscript by November 30th.

Wish me luck.

And do NaNoWriMo! Just because I’m not, officially, doesn’t mean you can’t. Get going, though…you’re already three days behind.

And, next…Star Wars.

Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up in the 80’s, but unlike most people, I don’t hate the prequel trilogy of this saga. In fact—I’ll lose a few readers here, I’m sure—I thought Episode III was the best one.

I’m just unleashing secrets tonight, aren’t I?

But regardless of your stance on which movies were good and which weren’t, everyone was in a significant state of emotions when it was announced on Tuesday that Disney bought Lucasfilm, and Star Wars: Episode VII is due for release in three years. (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118061434).

First of all, relax! When I say “Disney” bought Lucasfilm, I don’t mean Disney Channel, the network currently airing shows such as A.N.T. Farm, Fish Hooks and their latest installment, Dog With a Blog (Yes, that is a real show. And yes, its premise is exactly what the title implies).

I mean Disney, the movie company that brought us Pirates of the Caribbean and The Avengers. And Disney is working closely with George Lucas in developing storylines for Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX.

Don’t get me wrong; I was excited when I read this. I still am, especially seeing as George Lucas will serve as story consultant. But when I stopped and thought about it, one little problem with this new set of films crossed my mind.

 

I have a bad feeling about this.

 

Okay, so Luke, Leia and Han aren’t exactly as spry as they once were. I agree that the CGI team will probably long to create another lava battle when faced with the task of making these three senior citizens look remotely similar to their characters, who are supposed to be in their thirties.

But still, I’m willing to give them a shot.

So, in conclusion: write lots this month! And pray that the production team behind Star Wars knows what they’re doing.