Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Thoughts on NaNo this year.

So NaNoWriMo is fast approaching and plot bunnies are gathering around my feet (Quite literally actually as I'm crocheting a load for my region). But that leaves one big question, which bunny to follow? Which rabbit hole to fall down this year?

The sensible part of my brain says to split the 50k between The List and a bunch of short stories. A less sensible part says to try to write 30 short stories in 30 days. An even less sensible part says to take the shiny new idea that just arrived and run with it. 

The first option does make more sense. Yes, it might make counting up the words a bit harder and it won't be NaNo in the strictest sense, but shouldn't I finish at least the rough of The List before I start on anything else? Then again, what if I find jumping back and forth too difficult and give up completely? I could try to finish The List and then write short stories I suppose.

The second option is my favourite. Technically I could still write scenes from The List and count them but I could also experiment with my shiny new idea and a few other things lurking around in my head. It'll be a challenge but it'll be one that starts fresh each new day so I might be more likely to finish it.

The third option is just plain stupid. I haven't done enough any research, I have no characters, it's all a vague idea based on the title of some Lifetime Movie. It could all go horribly wrong within the first few thousand words.

Oh I don't know. Maybe the second option is the best idea. Maybe I'll wake up on November 1st and do something completely different. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Friday, 7 October 2011


Are you impressed? 2 blog posts in 2 weeks. It's like a record.

So far I've been able to stick to my plan of studying a little each day and writing a little each day. Well, okay, I did nothing yesterday but I've done twice as much today so still on track.

I do have one little issue though. Well, I say little, it's about 50k and takes 30 days and had you asked yesterday I'd have said there was absolutely no way I was getting involved in it this year. Can you guess?
That's right, somehow I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year. Except not only am I going to be attempting it again, I seem to have accidentally volunteered to assist the ML for my area*. She asked for help and I said I would if she could think of a way that didn't involve me leaving the house, I fully expected her to say she didn't think there was anything. Oh well, not the first time I've accidentally volunteered for something and I doubt it'll be the last, it's a habit I have for not liking to see people get stressed when helping them isn't really going to be that much work. Except, of course, this now means I have to actually 'do' NaNo, which tends to require a plot of some kind, or at least a general idea.
I had been toying with the idea of doing 30 short stories, one for each day but might cut it down to 15 and split my words between that and finishing last years NaNo which is still missing bits we shall see.

Anyone else doing a NaNo novel this year?

*If you have no idea what I'm talking about please go here.