October is supposed to be planning month for NaNoWriMo. Part One of my plan is to decide which novel (story-line/plot) I’m going to be writing out.
When I first decided to take the NaNoWriMo plunge, I was going to rewrite one of my MG fantasy novels (North Wind) during the month. I’ve been struggling with it off and on for a couple months now and thought this would be the nice push to get it completed.
I also considered rewriting my horrid self-published (PublishAmerica) adult thriller (The Spin Murders). Not that the plot or characters are horrid, but my word by word writing corrections was never put into the draft. My “editor” sent the original ms to be published. Yeesh. So I thought I’d use November to ready that novel for when my 7-year contract runs out.
Decades ago, I wanted to write a novel about my perfect school — what it would be like. (no working title) Years ago, I started the idea for a Native American school, incorporating many of the ideas from my other alternative school idea. (Golden Paints the Sky)
I considered expanding my 3 Tristan fantasy chapters I’d written for my son’s Carlson Photo Writing Challenge into an actual plot and story during NaNo, but all I had were three incidents/scenes, no plot.
Then I thought I ought to just start fresh, like the No Plot, No Problem philosophy of NaNo. I thought of a cool story of a town which disappeared. (based around Silver Lake, MI)
THEN I thought of writing a MG historical novel about dunes taking over a town and a mystery which is buried forever with the town. (East of East, working title) So the past two days I’ve been doing lots of research of different things I’ll need to know. I suppose I can also research it AFTER NaNoWriMo is over, when I do the revisions. Now, with 2.5 weeks to go, I think I’ve settled on this last novel idea. But what great fun it’s been to allow my creative juices to flow in just coming up with ideas and doing research. Writing is awesome.
Sandy, it sounds like you’ve got some great ideas there. I went camping when I was a kid at Silver Lake. I like the idea of the disappearing town. Now that I think about it that camping trip was pretty eventful for me. I should write down some of the stuff that happened it would be really interesting to see where it went.
Ah, yes. Plenty of ideas out there for novels/PBs. Just to get them written (and rewritten, and revised, AND PUBLISHED). Go for it, Wendi. I’d like to read of your adventures.
Thanks for your inspiring words on NanoWrimo – my daughter’s been after me to do it and I’m taking the plunge this year. This will not be easy for the editor part of my brain and especially since I’m in the midst of rewriting/editing my middle grade ms. I like your ideas too -and the key seems to be to write freely and use December for rewrites/editing. Good luck!
I love the idea you settled on! Go for it. I’d do it but I HAVE to finish book two and start revisions on three and four… yuck. 🙂