Oh, the choices a writer must make. 🙂 Nano is a little over a week away and I’ve changed my mind about my project. I was going to go the responsible route and do the second half of my WIP, labeled Book Two to fit the rules, but thought hey, NaNo is all about the creative process, smearing a totally new first draft on paper, and it’s not like I don’t have a journal full of ideas just itching for an inky birth.
The hard part is choosing which one of those story ideas to use. I’ve been sketching out all three books on my new Scrivener NaNo software, trying to make up my mind. Even the Pros and Cons paper full of scribbles beside me has yet to help.
Here are my 3 NaNo candidates (Please ignore the horrible working titles) :
Forced Marriage – Romantic Suspense: This will be the easiest for NaNo, the characters and plot ideas are the clearest in my head so I shouldn’t get stuck, I love the concept, and I only need to clarify the suspense element
Forgotten Murder – Thriller/Suspense: Coolest ever way to get away with murder, but I don’t have a good feel for the characters yet. Thriller elements give plenty of fodder for NaNo, but I’ll have to map out details.
From the Grave – Horror: Horrific, original concept that scared me when I thought of it, but I have no idea what the middle of the story would be, and no idea for supporting characters yet.
A pantser I am NOT, so I absolutely must outline my project next week, create character sheets, devise a timeline, and fill up a ream of paper with brilliant ideas and details before the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, the official November 1st kickoff at 12:01 am. I know, I know, some people actually enjoy just letting ideas flow from the seat of their pants (hence the word ‘pantser), but that would be my idea of hell and makes me hyperventilate just thinking about it.
Hmmm, looking over the above makes me think I’ll probably go with the Romantic Suspense idea, since it’s the easiest and most thought out. I’ll be in New Orleans for 4 days mid-November, so I need something that will flow quickly from my mind into the word processor so I don’t get behind.
Who else is struggling to decide?