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And I have signed up.  It’ll be my first time.

Now to choose the project.

The contemporary romance novel?  The upside is the idea barreled into my thoughts, nicely formed.  The downside is I’ve never written romance before, and I must keep reminding myself that—unlike my previous projects—the fate of the world/country/etc. need not hang in the balance for there to be tension.  When writing the outline, I kept trying to drop in fantastical or paranormal elements, but none of them worked.  And again–I’ve never written romance.

What about the urban fantasy I’ve been kicking around in my head for years?  Once upon a time, I had a chapter written, but it has been lost in the multiple moves and computer changes over the last few years.  The upside here is I’m jazzed about the ideas, characters and setting the story in Indianapolis.  The downside is the reason it’s been kicking around in my head is that I’ve never managed to successfully connect the opening plot points with the climax.  NaNo could be the pressure the project needs, or I could end up with little pile of wasted word count.  I’d dearly love to have this project work, since I already have ideas and notes for three sequels.

Then there are other projects that wouldn’t fall under Official NaNo because they’re partials or major revisions—The Drunkard, The Slaughterer, Breath of Stone…  I thought of giving myself the goal to finish Sand of Bone revisions, but despite a few recent potholes, those seem to be ticking along just fine now.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Who else is tossing about ideas for NaNo?  Any decisions?

Crossposted to Blair MacGregor Books at Wordpress.


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Oct. 20th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
The personal stakes can be just as intense--think of Pride and Prejudice!
Oct. 20th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)

Regardless of *when* I write that romance novel, it'll be an excellent exercise in personalizing tension, intensity, and stakes.

Oct. 20th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
It takes real work. It is the hallmark of Jane Austen's genius that she managed to work up such novels with the minimum of intrinsically dramatic events.
Oct. 20th, 2013 05:18 pm (UTC)
Which genre do you feel more inclined to focus on for 30 days? NaNo is a really good framework for trying a new project/genre, such as your contemporary novel, but if you find yourself inclined to want to write something with fantastical elements...

You have an urban fantasy? How cool! I like urban fantasy. Got burned out on how many are the same, but really enjoy reading the ones that are new and fresh.

Lots of people revise during NaNo, but that's really not the same feeling as writing something brand new. New is particularly refreshing if you've been in the midst of revisions for a while.

I've considered changing from the novel I originally posted. I've also considered dropping NaNo, so I'm not sure, at this point, what I'm going to do...even though it's just a few weeks away.

This past week, I was trying to convince myself not to write (or to just write without letting anyone ever see my words again) because of something that happened that was really traumatic.

On the flip side, I have a really good opportunity and I'm struggling to see if I can rise to the occasion...or if I need to drop it while I still have time.

As you say: decisions, decisions. There are always so many decisions to make. :)

I can't wait to hear what you decide to write.
Oct. 20th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
Decisions, indeed. I keep reminding myself that I can change my mind at any moment, even if I'm halfway through NaNo, because the whole point of the exercise (for me) is to push myself to write at greater speed.

I'm danged certain I could be more productive, if I kicked my own butt in gear.

Whatever happened this last week to you, what happened that made you consider giving up sharing your stories with others--I wish is hadn't happened. Whomever it is who's criticizing you has an opinion; nothing more. Beyond that, they don't matter on the wild world (no matter how much that person might try to convince you otherwise!).

I've loved all that I've read of your writing. Please don't take it away from me and others! :)

And seize that opportunity!!
Oct. 20th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
I tend to ride the NaNo wave. In the past couple of years I've given myself a month to work on something out of my comfort zone. This year, that's a novel that I've tentatively outlined - as a non-outliner it's always interesting to find new ways in which outlining does not work for me.

(I'm greenknight, by the way)

For me, writing fast is a Bad Idea. What happens is that I go for the low-hanging fruit: the scenes that are easy to write because I don't need much research or thinking, and they end up much heavier on dialogue and internalisation than description and action.

I just spent two days working out what to put into a scene: my WIP is much better for it, but if I'd been chasing wordcount, the temptation would have been to skip over this.
Oct. 20th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
I tend to ride the NaNo wave.

I quite like the image of bodysurfing through NaNo. :)

Re: outlining. I used to consider myself a non-outliner. Total pantser. But since I returned to writing after a good many years away, I find myself consistently outlining with index cards.

That said, I love the physical and emotional sensation of writing fast, of flying through scenes and interactions and settings and ideas. I go into it knowing I'll likely slash a good fourth of what I wrote, but the feeling in the moment is glorious. :)
Oct. 20th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
I've got an outline that is meandering toward its conclusion. If it reaches it, I will NaNo it, but having recently finished revising a NaNoWriMo novel where I rushed the outline to be ready, I won't push it.
Oct. 20th, 2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
Those are among the reasons I haven't NaNo'ed before, so I understand that!
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