November has been a weird and wonderful month this year. I pooped out a novel and actually kind of had a good time with it, so here’s a story about all the heartwarming lessons I learned while trying to write an imouto fetish story.
#1 I appreciate imoutos on a whole new level now
Before, I could not say I truly realised the appeal of the Imouto. I might not have an Imouto, but I do have an Oniichan, so incest was one of those majorly squicky topics I did not want mentioned under my roof.
But now I know. Now I see the truth. The perfectly innocent, pure allure of one’s little sister tempting you into iniquity. Imouto is the One True Way.
Imouto is God.
#2 I realised I have a MAJOR thing for siscon characters
Nase Hiromi, you are a true inspiration to us all.
#3 I would not have finished without encouragement
Now for some more serious points. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo twice before, but the thing with NaNoWriMo is that it’s incredibly difficult to complete if you simply tackle it alone.
So thanks a lot to Schneider, Guy and Deadlight, who encouraged me to write when I was really down in the dumps about this project. Schneider and Deadlight are also attempting their own novels this year, so I recommend you check out their blogs and pester them about it.
Seriously, they’re awesome.
#4 It’s really easy to get carried away
It could have been the pressure of the NaNoWriMo deadline—a pressure that’s not so different from the schedule that prolific LN authors work under—but there’s a very real temptation to write the first cheesy idea you can think of boosting word count. At the time, I didn’t actually feel that much guilt from writing absolutely terribad lines such as “Slowly but surely, I would turn my brother into a lolicon with a little sister fetish” because I thought, “Well, it’s part of the light novel appeal! It’s atmosphere-building!” Of course, anyone would know that’s horseshit. (I’ve since edited that line out of the story…)
At first, I just laughed it off as an ironic joke, but after spending so much time with the story, I realised there were only so many siscon gags and anime clichés you can put in without feeling as if you’re a blight on society.
It’s dangerously easy to go too far in an attempt to write what should be a light novel, instead of focusing on what’s good for the story.
In the end, I gave up trying to reach the word quota for NaNoWriMo and just wrote the story I wanted to tell. It ended up being quite a short novel (a bit shy of 20k words) but it’s complete and I’m genuinely happy about it. Trust me, mate, those extra 30k words would have consisted of poorly written harem shenanigans that would never have seen the light of day.
What’s Cool About My Incest Novel?
I was tight-lipped about what I was trying to do with my novel earlier besides cracking LOL INCEST jokes, but now that I’m finished, allow me to hype it up for you:
In the first chapter of the light novel (which you can read here) I introduced the tsundere little sister Miharu, her unnamed brother, and his perverted friend Naoki. The real story revolves around Miharu and Naoki, who develop a very “sibling-like” relationship. The conflict evolves from Miharu being unable to decide who is more of a brother to her—the one whom she is incestuously in love with or the one that fits her image of an ideal brother.
WHO IS ONIICHAN?
(Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
On top of that, if Miharu is a stereotypical “loli tsundere imouto” in the beginning of the story, she certainly is not one by the end. Every chapter advances one year, and by the end of the story, Miharu is seventeen years old.
If that description
scared you off interested you, you can still ask to read this imouto story if you haven’t already. Just comment or something.
(Random tidbit: I never actually used the words ‘imouto’ or ‘oniichan’ once in the entire novel. lol.)
EDIT: Final edits complete. I’m ready to distribute a copy of the story now to anyone who asks.
To everyone else who attempted NaNoWriMo this month: how did you go? Did you manage to win?