NaNoWriMo Warm Up Under the midnight sky

initially started this blog to encourage me to write more and it definitely did, for the first time I actually finished writing a short story, in fact I finished two. But for the last month I haven’t really been focusing on my creative writing much but that’s ok, my job requires me to write quite a bit so I don’t feel too bad about putting the stories on the back seat for a while. Besides, October is coming up so that means it is time for a NaNoWriMo warm-up. I’ve been working on writing schedule for next month – a very strict writing schedule might I add. The only problem is that I haven’t decided which project I am going to be working on for NaNoWriMo. Should I continue working on one of my WIPs? Or should I start the month with a blank page and a minimalistic idea?

I’ve been second guessing the YA science fiction novel I started during NaNo 2014 because it is set in a dystopian society and dystopia is the hot topic right now. Don’t get me wrong I love me a dystopian novel but I guess I’m afraid of wasting my time on a novel that will be overlooked in this highly saturated sub-genre.

There is also the fact that I got halfway through the first draft during last year’s NaNo only to realise that the novel was going in the wrong direction so I scrapped it all and started all over again. Now I’m getting frustrated because it has been really hard to get the ball rolling again.

On the other hand I have a few other story ideas I could use for NaNo, a couple more that I have done some planning for and some that are merely one sentence ideas. But I feel like none of them are developed enough, none of them are ready to be written, none of them are calling out to me…

Chances are I am probably just overthinking this and it is as simple as choosing one, sitting down and writing.

How do you normally choose an idea for NaNoWriMo?

– Dee

NaNoWrimo Warm Up – It is almost that time again!
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  • September 28, 2015 at 2:04 am
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    I don’t normally have nearly that many story ideas to choose between. However, when I do have more than one, I usually choose whichever one is most exciting to me at that time. If none of them jump out more than the others, I’d suggest doing some free writing with these projects in mind (using prompts or whatever jumps into your head). Give each one their fair chance, and see if any of them rise up from the rest. As for the ones that aren’t more than a single-sentence idea, there’s still a whole month to develop something. In the end, it sometimes even boils down to which story I’m more prepared to write (with an outline and characters and such) come November. But I prefer to be prepared, and you may not be the same way.

    Whatever you end up choosing, I wish you all sorts of luck!

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    • September 28, 2015 at 11:25 am
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      I have about three different ideas that could possibly turn into novels during November. The hard part is choosing one of them and sticking to it. I can’t be working on more than one during Nano, that would be a disaster waiting to happen lol.

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      • September 29, 2015 at 5:25 am
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        That’s why you do all of the free writing and developing now, before November starts (I didn’t meant to imply that you work on it during November; there’s still all of October to pre-write). You’re totally right–it won’t do you any good to still be deciding once NaNo starts. If by the end of October, you haven’t been able to pick one story over the others, I can only guess it’s because you’re equally interested in all of them. At that point, I’d say put them in a hat and draw one at random, because at least then the decision would be made.

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        • September 29, 2015 at 5:31 am
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          I think that would be the best thing to do. Put them and a hat and draw one. Thanks for the good advice! Good luck!

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      • September 29, 2015 at 5:35 am
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        Or better yet, figure out how to mash them all into one story!

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        • September 29, 2015 at 9:11 am
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          Then I would be writing about a girl living under a dome, who can see angels and makes an unlikely friend in the assassin who was hired to kill her… Hmm… maybe that could work…

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  • September 28, 2015 at 5:24 am
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    Good luck! I have a huge roster for October this year, so I won’t be taking part. As for story ideas, I try and see how far I can get in my head with the plot before I run out of ideas. The best one wins 🙂

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  • September 28, 2015 at 11:27 am
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    That’s a good way to do it but how do you choose just one idea? I always find it so hard to stick to one project at a time…

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  • September 29, 2015 at 12:12 am
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    I’m doing NaNo for the first time this year and I am SO anxious! Partly excited because it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now, but partly scared that my novel’s going to be no good. I totally understand your feelings that the dystopian genre is getting a little overplayed. That being said though, I think that it can still be done. The challenge is just harder because you have to make something new and exciting out of something that’s been done a million times. Whether you keep going with your current idea or come up with something totally new, you can do it!!

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    • September 29, 2015 at 5:07 am
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      I think as writers we constantly fear that our work is not good enough. Thats the one thing that keeps us from writing, we want our stories to be perfect. But remember NaNo is all about getting that first draft done and first drafts almost always suck lol. The real story begins in the revision. That the best advice I was ever given by a fellow writer. This is only my second NaNo. I only got to 10500 last year before I gave up but thats not going to happen again this year. I hope. Lol

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  • September 30, 2015 at 9:04 pm
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    This is the first year that I have thought seriously about doing NANO. I have been working on a story – but mostly just ideas about the story and have run into a bit of a loss in inspiration in order to figure out the story I’m truly trying to tell. So, I understand your pain. However, I just say follow your heart and figure out exactly that. What story do you want to tell? What are you passionate about. Forget what you “think” might go wrong, and just go for it. You might surprise yourself 😉

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    • September 30, 2015 at 10:09 pm
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      I think the problem stems from the doubt you know? This particular story I wanted to have a go at during NaNoWriMo feels like it has just hit a dead end. I know where I want to go with it though, but I just can’t seem to write it. So I’ve decided on giving a different story a go. My heart lies with YA fantasy not with dystopia… So I’m gonna write what I know best. 🙂

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      • September 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm
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        Oh absolutely, I understand. Sometimes it’s good to put work on hold if it’s not something you can feel creatively. Follow your heart and passion of direction you feel of course like I said 🙂 I have put my story down quite a bit, and I have learned over time that it’s okay. Because for the longest time, I didn’t think it was. You never know though maybe later inspiration will hit! For now, write what your heart wants to write. Even if it’s “crap” to you, at least you start somewhere 🙂 Writing is not easy. Trust me, I completely get it. It can be frustrating. You got this. one word at a time.

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