I had been having trouble deciding what to write next month. Well, actually, that’s not true. I have several novel plots that I have been thinking about, except I didn’t really know I was thinking about them. I decided to write out a few plot summaries, and boom!, there they were.
It’s come down to two ideas:
1. writing a middle-grade children’s novel, you know, for ages 8-11 or so, one filled with anthropomorphic animals. I actually have two such plots, in full, lurking around my brain, and I’d like to get them written. (Anyone who knows me will probably know that the idea of me writing a children’s book without talking animals in it would be very unlikely. )
2. writing a novel for adults that is loosely based on the short story I was trying to write before I started my job back in June, the one for which I was constantly thinking about the characters, and thinking and rethinking the way to tell the story.
In fact, I think I’m going with the second option. It’s the one I would be least likely to write on my own without such a crazy deadline — at least as a novel — and the one that I think will sustain me throughout the month. The short story, had I had more time to work on it in the past months, I think would have reached an end, but rethinking that storyline in terms of a novel has changed it, and, I think, I hope, made it stronger. As you may remember, it’s a story that takes place mostly in Thailand, which is apparently a suggested no-no for NaNoWriMo — locating your novel in a place that you don’t know as well as your home city or town — but I’ve decided to ignore that advice.
I want to start writing!