I’m participating in National Novel-Writing Month again this year! (I put the hyphen in there because I like hyphens. NaNoWriMo doesn’t actually contain a hyphen and that makes me kind of sad.) My novel for this year is tentatively called The Dragonslayers. What I’ve outlined so far is a story about a group of people who’re assembled specifically to slay a dragon. It’s going to be my first serious attempt at organizing a novel using the dramatic structure suggested by Freytag’s Pyramid.

I actually read the Wikkipedia article and noticed the part where it said that Freytag’s Pyramid was created to describe ancient Greek and Shakespearean drama, not modern drama. Still, it’s the kind of thing that gets taught in modern writing classes. I’ve heard the terms exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement so many times, I actually know how to spell denouement! (Which doesn’t tell you anything because I took French in high school and have always had excellent spelling. So yeah.)

The desire to write The Dragonslayers came from my disgust at the slaying of the Jabberwock in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I decided I wanted to write a “proper” dragon-slaying, including the whole tam-assembling process and all the politics involved in the actual slaying of the beast. I’d touch on the economic ramifications of disposing of a dragon, and all the people who might not want the dragon slain. I want to make the actual slaying appear to be the least of the slayers’ worries. :D