So my plan is to have approximately 60k words in the first draft of this novel. So if I divide that by the 30 days in November, that is averaging 2k words a day or 14k works a week. The typical NaNoWriMo goal is 50k works which would be approximately 1670 words a day or 11.7k words a week. I am also planning to have 24 scenes in the novel, for approximately 2080 to 2500 words per scene. Basically, I'm planning to write the rough draft of a scene a day. That should put me right into the middle of my goal words for the month.
Channary Bel is a new inspector for the national police. She was raised in the capital and worked hard to get through the police academy and spent three years on the beat. She just passed her inspector exams and has been assigned to a neighboring county that is in desperate need of inspectors and is extremely short staffed. She is excited because this is her first air ship ride and she’s traveling to a strange new land. She is the perfect example of a person working hard to accomplish their dreams. Her parents own a food shop in the big city, and they remember the beginning of the reformation. She decided at age 10 that she wanted to be an inspector for the National Police, when an inspector solved a mysterious case of murder that happen in her neighborhood. They are excited that their daughter is an inspector and they supported her through her education and training to be an inspector.
The Air Sailor Monastery is a very traditional and secretive sect. The practioners oversee the construction of a regular ship in dry dock by the cottage shipwrights with the addition of specially placed shrine rooms along the hull of the ship. Once the ship is completed, the monks arrive and bless and install runic shrines into the ship. These runic shrines cause the ship to float approximately 50 feet off the ground. The monks than pilot the ships like a typical sail boat, except they have mastered the use of wind in the higher altitude regions. This is a trained skill the monks study for many years.
The air ships are the best way of transporting goods and people through the mountainous regions of the country.
For the plot of my book, we need to really develop the Police/Inspectors of this world. My main character is going to be a new inspector so creating how the system is structured and how one becomes a new inspector will greatly affect the development of the story.
Basically, the police force has only been around for 30 years, they are young organization. And they are still trying to build up their influence across the country. Inspectors must pass a rigorous test after working as a generic officer for 5 or 6 years. Once they pass the test, they are assigned to a jurisdiction under the supervision of an experienced inspector.
To become a generic officer, you have to have finished primary school and go through a rigorous training program and establish yourself as a hard working and trustworthy individual.
Continuing the similarities between this world and Meiji era Japan, the main religion of this world is going to be a divine-right monarch. The Emperor is the leader of the country and the church, but he's basically just a religious leader. The new parliamentary system has taken over the bulk of the day to day country running, and the Emperor oversees the affairs of the religion.
Legend says that the first Emperor of this nation was gifted the knowledge of the major runes by the divine beings. He shared the gift of these runes with the aristocracy and the monastics. The monastic orders are broken down into 6 sects. Each sect has mastered a specific craft/art using secret and protected runes to produce the desired outcomes. These arts were then sold to raise money for the orders.
Weapon makers - focused on making weapons - exploding arrows, siege weaponry, magical weapons are only for the aristocracy and the elite soldiers, has recently been expanded to inspectors and elite police officers. generic weapons are created by local craftsmen
Protective Embroiderers - the protective cloth embroidery, runes are used to protect against elements. material degrades over time, so temporary protection. real armor is made by local craftsman and the halyards are draped over for added protection. fabric is woven and sewed by local craftsman, and the monks embroider in the runes.
Air Sailors - The air sailors are a very secretive and traditional order. The local craftsman build them a boat with additional shrine rooms around the hull. After the boat is built, the monks arrive and bless the ship and place the runic material into the shrine rooms. This causes the boats to float 50' over the ground. The boats are then piloted and sailed through the air by the monks.
Healers - probably the most open and least protective industries, they have the main temple in the capital, but many satellite temples around the country for people to go to seek medical care. Many small towns have herbalists that can take care of regular day to day illness and injuries, but for severe medical cases, the healers can use their magical tools to manipulate energy in the body and cure illness. They have provided more widely distributed tools for the use of medicine, like "wands" to sedate or wake up people (comparable to morphine or smelling salts)
Scholars - The scholars preserved and studied the divine runes. because of the volatility of some runes. Many advanced runes needed to be memorized to be preserved. The scholars are a strict and aesthetic order. Living in mostly secluded and cloistered lives. The major industry of this monastery is paper and inks used for the practice of the runes. The protestant leader was originally from the order of scholars, until he had his epiphamy.
Teachers - Breaking away from the scholars. Spreading the knowledge of the "divine" runes has been lead by the monastic order of teachers. They are the youngest order, created by the protestant leader. They have set up small temples all over the country to teach basic runic knowledge to the masses. When the new emperor ascended he made the order official, and charged them with spreading all over the country to enlighten the populous.
So the world will be roughly based off of Meiji Era Japan. The Meiji era was an amazing era of progress and societal advancement. The Emperor retook power, but relayed heavily on a council of people to help him make decisions. The plan was to quickly modernize the country. In 1868, Japan was a mostly feudal agricultural society mostly run by hundreds of small lords. By 1912, it had a strong central government, a constitution, a parliament, a network of communication and transportation grids, a well educated society, a growing industrial sector, and a strong military. In less than a lifetime, the world had dramatically changed.
I want to place my story in a similar place of dramatic advancement and societal change. 40 years ago, the old emperor died, and a new emperor ascended. the new emperor had become swayed by the newish protestant styled sect, that believed the teaching of the runic magic should be accessible to all people, not just the elites and the monastics. When the new emperor ascended, he began a reformation of the old feudal, class based society. He declared learning the divine runes as an essential component of national education systems.
Since then, A new central government has replaced the old noble class as power holders. The new network of air ships and other magical transportation has led to easier travel around the country and made it more accessible to the average man. Education has allowed the first generation of young people to leave their class and advance themselves has created a group of hard working new blood into the workforce. New industries and magical items have become accessible to the masses. But the echos of the old world still linger. People are still alive that remember the tight class structure. This is the world we set our scene.
A few weeks ago, I talked a little about how I want to see more sci-fi and fantasy novels written with "normal" main characters. People that could be anyone, not a chosen one, not a gifted person, anyone. I wanted to see more books written with average characters who step up and accomplish great things through grit and determination. And after that rant, I started thinking about it, and I had already planned to do NaNoWriMo this November, I didn't really have a plan for what I wanted to write this November, and I realized that, like the "normal" characters I wanted to see, I should be the change in the world.
So I concocted a novel idea in a fantasy world where the main character would be a "normal" person who would try hard and succeed. If you don't want to know what the plot is, who the characters are, or what the premise is, I'd stop reading now.
Basically the plan is to put Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" on an Airship in a fantasy world. I've decided to roughly base my fantasy world off of Meiji Era Japan. And the magic will be mostly runic in nature. I'll be expanding the world and characters over the next month, so I'll be able to start writing November 1st for the NaNoWriMo.
I am taking the PE exam at the end of this month. I was originally going to do a photo a day for the month of October, but I think I need to focus more on prepping for the exam and really getting ready. The PE exam is a pretty significant test and I need to really focus on studying if I'm going to succeed. As for my daily ramblings, I'm going to focus this month on preping for the novel I want to write in NaNoWriMo this November. So if you don't want a sneak peek at the plot and characters, I'd just skip this month.