|Yoga cat says stretching feels good|
Lucky me, I've been taking advantage of the nice days by going for lots of walks and visiting the mountains. I'm still in that rare space between writing projects where I'm even free to go to a movie in the middle of the afternoon if I want. Weird, I know! I saw Gone Girl during its first week of release. I never get to do that.
But I've got a tentative plan to get my butt back in the chair. There's a story that has been haunting me for a couple of years now. I've had to keep it simmering on low while I finished the second novel in my woman warrior trilogy (which I'm currently querying). It's very different from what I've been working on, falling more in the fantasy realm. Anyway, you know when an idea won't go away after a couple of years it probably has some staying power and is worth pursuing.
So…as I find myself ready to embark on a new project, and, seeing how it is the end of October, I've got this crazy idea to write this new project NaNo style (National Novel Writing Month). I HAVE NEVER DONE NANO BEFORE. It's so NOT my thing. I'm a slow, deliberate writer who works linearly from start to finish, sometimes taking years to complete a novel. And yet I believe in stretching and growing and trying new things in order to get better, and I really need to learn to shut off my inner editor.
I'm thinking this stand alone story idea is perfect for a month-long distraction. I may not officially join the NaNo crowd, because who needs to be publicly embarrassed for their slow wordsmithing, but I intend to write in solidarity with the fleet-of-finger types who put up ridiculous word-count numbers each day during November.
I'm going to dedicate the entire month to the story and see how far I can get before detouring back to the third novel in my trilogy. Meanwhile, blogging may be spotty (as if it isn't already).
So who else will be trying to put up mad numbers during November? Do you outline with meticulous notes? Or are you a pantser like me who finds her way by feel in the dark? Actually, I'm more of a hybrid these days, as I have sketched out some ideas ahead of time so I won't get completely lost in the word forest.
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