Guess what, folks! I decided it pretty late in the game, but, *deep breath*, I’m planning on taking part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) in November. Which, in case you didn’t realize it, is only three days away.
See, I’ve spent the last six weeks working on the forth draft of my current WIP, When Life Hands You Lymes, and I wanted to celebrate getting that draft finished (yay!), so NaNo seemed like a perfect gift to myself. It’s been twenty-two months since I’ve gotten to work on a new book and as any writer knows, new projects and ideas are so shinny and exciting and fun.
I told myself I wouldn’t do anything for NaNo until I was finished with the 4th draft of my book, so I put my head down and ran with WLHYL until I had fixed all my known problems and added details and hundreds of other tweaks. (I still have to get the last few chapters back from my beta reader and make changes per her suggestions, but I obviously can’t do that until I get the suggestions back from her, so I have a free card on that front.)
Yesterday morning after I gleefully finished the editing I pulled out my No Plot? No Problem!
book that I had started a few months earlier and spent several hours reading it and cramming writing info into my brain. I also finished re-reading Go Teen Writers
which was fantastic as always and I should basically start re-reading it again right away. It’s that
As of yesterday morning I still had basically no idea what book I was going to write for NaNo. I have lots of cute little ideas bumping around on the walls of my brain, but hey, choosing which story to spend the next 30 days wrapped up in is not a light matter.
I told myself that if I wanted I could just choose a fun story idea that I would write for pure practice and not worry about the results. That idea has some merit to it, especially since I’ve spent almost two years on a book that was very personal and rather difficult to work on at times.
Then of course I could do a story that I’ve had yelling at me during random moments of my life, like “HEY! We are such a cool idea! FOCUS ON US and forget about the rest of the world for a while. We’ll make you laugh, and OH, oh, oh, we even have names for ourselves, so that helps you out a lot.” (I have a hard time naming characters…)
And then. Then there’s the story that I have been extremely excited about writing for the last three (four?) years. The one I started back when I was probably still in my teens and spent months on it before putting it aside because I realized my writing skills weren’t equal to the story and plot.
It’s that story. The one that as a writer I feel like I’ve hit a jackpot. The plot twists have come through at random times throughout the last few years and leave me feeling almost giddy with excitement. It’s my favorite story idea of all time and I can still remember all the very important “ah-ha” moments in it’s creation.
At first I told myself I wouldn’t work on that story during NaNo. I didn’t want to add any pressure to my editing-brain at the time. But, but as soon as my editing brain switched to “new story brain” it started jumping up and down in excitement saying “Do it, do it, do it!” and tickling my memory with all the neat aspects of the story and assuring me that “Don’t worry about a thing, if you don’t like what you come up with you can always scrap it and start over again. It won’t be the first time.”
So, even though I haven’t decided entirely, I’m pretty sure that I’ll be writing Echoes, which I also refer to as TGS. It will be a hugely amazing amount of fun and I’m hoping to go to the store and buy some fun snacks and maybe some juice and chocolate and new socks to work with. Because, yeah, new socks make writing (and life) so much better.
This morning was the first day I’ve been on the NaNo website for years and I’m a little bit overwhelmed thinking of all the information there is to explore and people add to my writing buddy list and announcing my novel… Not to mention plotting out my novel or anything (despite the advice in No Plot? No Problem! I plan on beginning my writing with a fantastically wonderful plot. Who cares that November is only a few days away and I have a lot of other stuff to do between then and now…
And speaking of that, I need to stop typing so I can go and get ready for my non-writing job so I’m not late to work… I’m really excited about this though and I feel like sharing all the happy info with y’all. I could continue on and on with my plans and ideas, so it’s actually a good thing that I don’t have the time.
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What about you? Are you doing NaNo? I can’t wait to see who all is taking part in this adventure!