• Andrew G. Cooper

Frankenstein Lives! and NaNoWriMo 2020

Things have been a bit crazy since COVID-19...I think everyone can agree on that. It's been six months and that feels like both an eternity and the blink of an eye.


I have been busily working away at finding ways to do theatre online and at honing my own writing practice. I have not been busy blogging. I have this sense of perfectionism that makes me feel like my blog posts need to be special or unique or well-tailored and refined...and that's been stopping me from writing them. So this is just a little blog post to get back on the train of writing on here. And I have two quick updates.


First, I've completed what I am calling the final draft of my adaptation of Frankenstein this morning. I'm very excited about it! The play has been with me for a few years now and the novel has been with me even longer. It's still one of my favourite reads. You can read more about it on my playwriting page. Once this pandemic blows over (if this pandemic blows over...) I'd really love to see this fabulous script on stage again. It's been a real delight bringing it back to life.


Second, I've been taking more time to write lately and am getting excited about diving back into writing fiction. I've had a book brewing in my brain since I finished my first novel about a decade ago and I'm going to jump into it in the last quarter of 2020.

I've joined NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and am going to use it as an excuse to kickstart this new project. The idea is to write 50,000 words in one month! It seems daunting but the first novel I wrote was over 200,000 words, so how hard can this be, right?


I've been doing some world building (and some more literal world building, since I'm also working on a map) for the fantasy world my first novel was set in and I'm currently working on some characters and story ideas. By the time November 1st comes around, hopefully I am ready to dive in! I'll let you all know how it goes!

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