It’s just under two weeks till National Novel Writing Month. I’m trying not to freak out about how quickly that’s coming up between story planning, ML duties, Halloween, work and Everything Else. In a way, NaNo starts early for us MLs. We have a plan-in (like a write-in but for brainstorming and plotting) this weekend and then the kick-off party on the 25th.
In terms of my own writing, I am doing something a little different this year. I still have a long ways to go on editing my novel from last year’s NaNo. I expect that will take another year or two between new/missing scenes to draft, edits, test readers and more edits, before I am ready to start trying to get it published, which I intend to do. I don’t have any ideas for a novel and I know that my next novel will benefit greatly from all I still have to learn through editing the current WIP. So I am not writing a novel this year. Instead, I have decided to tackle short stories, since that’s my primary writing focus now anyways. This will not be easy. Novelling during NaNo you tend to hit a point where you’ve cleared your throat and are more comfortable and familiar with your world and characters and the writing starts to come a little more easily. I won’t get that. Most of my short stories end up under 5,000 words. To hit 50K I would have to write 10 to 15 short stories of my usual length, either brainstorming them all in advance or during the frenzy of NaNo. That’s 10 to 15 act ones to set up, which are not exactly easy. That is not realistically going to happen. So instead I’ve decided to follow the Clarion model. It’s a six week intensive writing workshop where you (try to) write a short story every week to have it critiqued by the group. So my goal this year is four short stories, one a week, while still maintaining my usual non-NaNo-frenzied quality of writing. It’s a very non-traditional approach to NaNo, I know. This year I will be representing the Rebel Faction as ML. 🙂
First though, I need to get those four stories outlined, at least in rough, before November 1st. I haven’t quite finished outlining one. This is going to be interesting.