NaNo rolls on, as difficult and delightful as ever. Something about having a pressing deadline in which to finish a 50,000 word novel sparks the brain, I have discovered, into dumping at least a dozen, if not more, excellent story ideas on you. Of course this happens when you have no time in which to write the stories, unless you’re a.) superhuman or b.) want to forfeit NaNo. So I’m storing my ideas like a chipmunk until December begins and I can pick up and start a few things. Having discovered that I can, in fact, write quickly if I can keep my grubby hands off the pretty pictures on the internet (there’s a fine line between SO! MUCH! INSPIRATION! and ‘why do I even bother’), I’m planning on being a more productive author from now on.
So! Once December begins, this is what my plan of attack looks like.
1. Look into getting an agent, edit Paper Crowns, and begin seeking publishers.
2. Finish writing This Mortal Coil and let it simmer for a while before trying to edit it.
3. Finish Paper Hearts, also let simmer for a while before trying to edit it. (Thankfully it doesn’t need nearly as much editing and smoothing as This Mortal Coil.)
4. Begin writing Howl, my werewolf story (with a name that is still a complete working title. I’m on the lookout for a better one).
5. Possibly work on another book alongside Howl once I finish TMC and PH. I’m going to try and be more focused, though, and not let myself work on more than two things at one time. Even though it’s more fun hopping from book to book, it also takes much longer to complete the novels I start.
And also, we went and saw Thor 2. It was awesome.
So what about you? Is your mind filling with awesome ideas now that NaNo has started, or is your NaNo novel your sole focus for the month?