In my head, that sounds like “Oklahoma” from the musical of the same name… anyways. Once more into the breach, dear friends. This year, as in 2006, I started with a first line and a character draft. The big difference is, this year, I’m actually up to speed with my writing, so I don’t have to schedule a 10,000 word makeup day later in the month. Woot.
My biggest annoyance so far has been the interminable delays on the NaNo site. I get that their servers get pummeled by 160 thousand would-be authors for a month solid, but it’s not like they don’t know this is going to happen. It happens every year. Do something about it.
Anyway, my novel this year is (tentatively) called “The End Begins” and it’s a post-apocalyptic dystopia. I thought about doing a post-apocalyptic comedy, but Cormac McCarthy had apparently already cornered the market on that. Anyway, I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian fiction recently (the Hunger Games trilogy, Veracity, the Chaos Walking trilogy), and I was wondering how a dystopia gets started. I mean, I get that after 75 or a hundred years, people would just do the things in the books without really thinking about them, it’s human nature to take our situation for granted. But how do these situations come about? Who’s the first parent who says, “You know what? Sacrificing my kids’ lives is totally worth me living in peace.” Or “I’m so ready to give up my emotions if it means stable government.” Really? Because most of the dystopias are eventually overthrown, you have to wonder why someone didn’t do something about them in the first place, back when the majority of the population would have cared.
Anyway, these questions have been bouncing around in my head for a month or so, so I thought I’d try my hand at writing the beginning of a dystopian society. How do you go from where we are to the types of societies that no one in their right mind would agree to?