I’m sure everyone has those moments. Sometimes, it can derail a day, sometimes a week, sometimes a month. Well that’s kinda sorta what happened to me. I was all ready to sit and write and get stuff done, and then… life happened.
Lots of little things, nothing major, but all those little things can really throw me off my groove. Like Kuzco, only I don’t live in a palace and I don’t have anyone to throw out a window, nor do I have someone to throw said person out the window. Oh well, at least I’m not a llama.
Anyway! Blogging got put on hold, writing got kinda put on hold, and now November is nearly two weeks away, and my head is just focused on NaNoWriMo. I have so many ideas that pop into my head only to be overly analyzed every second. Also, no one is very active on the forums and I don’t know what to do about that. Any ideas?
I talked to someone I knew, and they said they were at least coming to the Kick-Off party, which is super awesome and made me very happy. On the non-ML side of NaNo, I have no idea what I’m going to write about, which is a complete change from last year. Last year, I had my idea and a full outline by like… the beginning of October. I was just waiting for November to FINALLY roll around so I could start writing. This year, I’ve got a list of story ideas I’ve been meaning to write and all I need to do is pick one. Easier said than done though.
I have 8 options available to me, and in this case, less is more. I can cut a few because really, there’s nothing substantial other than “Werewolf PI”. Yup, that’s an idea, and all of the idea I have, so that one can be cut in the preliminary round. It’s the intermediate round that it gets complicated. I have two… epic fantasy stories that I want to tell. The problem is, I want to have the complete outline of all the … books… instances… plots before I publish anything. Which isn’t to say that I can’t start writing. What I don’t want to happen is have an awesome idea by book 6, but something should have been happening by book 2 in order to make that possible. At least I’d have something written though.
Then there are the single book stories that I could write and then maybe I could actually *publish* one. It’s exciting and hard to imagine. Actual completing a story, editing it, and publishing it. However, it’s entirely possible if I use NaNo as a means of getting one of these stories out. The one that I’m mostly leaning towards however, is not my preferred genre of writing. I adore writing Fantasy or SciFi, and this… this is just fiction. Almost a collection of short stories if you will, that intermingle. Nothing fancy, just… different lives that touch one another. It’s neat, but again, hardly what I want to be writing.
So, there’s that dilemma. Try to get one book done and see if that lights the fire under my butt to work on the others, or write the beginning of one of the epic stories, and see if that lights a fire to finish off the story. Any thoughts, ideas or sage advice would be appreciated!
On a positive writing note, I finished my final edits of my short story and managed to cut it below the 1500 word cap! Whoo hoo! I also braved sending it out for review to a handful of people. I know that everything can be improved upon and that was the feedback I was hoping for, and out of the four people I gave it to, two were helpful in the “this would be better” but otherwise it’s awesome, and three were simply helpful in telling me it was great and boosting what little teeny tiny esteem I have.
I’m going to give it one last look, and give it back to my very first beta reader to see what she thinks now that the edits have been done, then it’s submission time! A milestone in itself – submitting my writing to a contest.
So that’s where my writing life is at right now. I won’t promise any sort of blog until December, but I hope to write something on here as NaNo gets closer, and even into the thick of things.
Best of luck to any who are participating in NaNoWriMo this year, and as always, happy writing!