November is almost here and with it NaNoWriMo! I’m very excited since it seems to be the easiest way for me to get any writing done. For some reason Camp NaNo just doesn’t motivate me as much and I never finish what I start, but I have yet to fail a November NaNo.
I’m the type of writer who likes to plan out all the little events in a story and organize them by chapter, making a thorough outline for myself. If I don’t do this it’s a miracle if a story ever gets completed. I think I’ve only finished three stories without planning them while I have about thirty or so unfinished stories lying around because I have no idea what’s going to happen in them. Planning a story from start to finish really helps me move along and keep the word count up since I always know what’s going to happen.
Now, the only problem I have is choosing what I’m going to write. I have a bunch of ideas written down on various scraps of paper littering my desk. Ideas on bits of receipt tape from work, written quickly between stocking freight and late-night shoppers needing me to check them out. Ideas on colorful post-it notes, stuck all about my desk and whiteboard. Ideas saved to documents that make my desktop look like an unorganized disaster and not even I can begin to straighten that up. So, with all these ideas lying around it’s hard to settle on one. One day I’ll start planning out a story, open my notebook and set pen to paper and after five chapters have been laid out I’ll become bored and think that a different story would be better suited for November. After all, I have my whole life to work on all these other stories, but only one will be written this November.
I don’t know. Hopefully I get this sorted before the start of November.
So, I had a bad start and only wrote about 2,000 words within the first four days. The excitement I had for Separation Anxiety had dissipated by the time I got home from work on the first of November. I tried to write, but nothing was working. When my fingers would touch the keyboard I’d just sit there staring at my screen for a few moments and then my hand would reach for the mouse and I was wasting my time away on tumblr.
Six days into NaNo I have decided to change my idea back to my original one. The one I didn’t outline, the one idea I was excited for a few months before. I thought that it would be too much to take on in November, but now I’m thinking differently. I want to write it now, not later. So, instead of Separation Anxiety, I’ll be writing Goodbye Summer and possibly its prequel Love Summer (depending on how far I manage to get into the first story).
Now I’m dealing with a new cast of characters, each more exciting than the characters for Separation Anxiety and I’m writing YA, something I’ve never really done before. Most of my stories have young characters, but it’s never centered around the fact that they’re young and growing up and learning. So this is a first for me. It hasn’t been many years since I was a teenager, but I was such a well-behaved teen with well-behaved friends that it might be a difficult task to portray the characters of Goodbye Summer.
I’m hoping to reach 15,000 words before I go to bed tonight and I’m still debating on whether or not I want to post this NaNo on wattpad. While it might be nice to enter the NaNo thing they have going on, I’m not sure if it’s appropriate to post… I guess I can edit the chapters before posting and omit the more explicit scenes and phrases.
Hmm… Well, I’ll figure out something. I hope anyone else doing NaNo is having better luck than me!