I 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?