NaNoWriMo has officially started and I don’t have the slightest idea what I’m writing. Not the slightest.
I’ve considered several ideas. One was to work on the third book in the series my current WIP begins. The down side, though, is that since I’ve been doing nothing but raking over Book One for the last nine months (and dealing with some pretty major drama surrounding said WIP–I’ll tell you about it at a later date), and I’m burnt out on that story line. I’m not sure I have the passion and drive I need to put into that story for NaNo.
I have at least two, maybe three half-started novels that I could work on. The down side of that plan is it’s easiest to write when I have a new, fresh idea. Coming back in the middle of something, trying to work in old details and continue on an old plot, again, lacks the drive I need to make the NaNo word count.
I could try coming up with something completely new. The problem with this notion is that I have nothing new to come up with. My ideas are currently dry. I’ve used them in short stories or previous NaNo years. I do not have a fresh idea. I don’t have a character, I don’t have a setting, I don’t have a plot or a challenge or a major speculative twist. I could sit down with a pen and paper and see what comes to me, but it’s risky. Usually when I start I at least have a first line or a general thrust or something to go on. I’ve got nothing.
I started a serial awhile back, hoping to have it accepted to an ezine. I’ve only written the first story thus far. My best option that I can think of so far is to continue writing the episodes in that story. At roughly 3500 words each, if I write fifteen stories I make my wordcount goal. Also, I then have a whole season of episodes to submit.
So, pen to paper, NaNo, here I come. We shall see what comes of this.
Wish me luck. Or, if you have a really fantastic idea you want to pitch, I’ll see what I can do.