It’s September and I’m already beginning to think about some ideas for NaNoWriMo. Since December, I’ve kept a list of ideas and now that list includes… 13 ideas. Needless to say, it’s going to be difficult to narrow it down to just one. Perhaps I ought to combine a few ideas, but combining has rarely worked for me in the past.
All I know is that I need something that’s going to sustain my interest for an entire month. I need a story that won’t veer too far off into the realm of insanity, so I know I’m going to have to spend some time planning its “rules” and boundaries. I’ve decided to use the entire month of October as a planning month, since I won’t be writing anything new at that time. (That will feel rather strange.)
The last novel I got really attached to was one I wrote for NaNo in 2008. All the other novels I’ve written since then (and there have been quite a few) haven’t appealed to me as much – with the exception of THE ARCHIVES, but that’s more like a novella, and thus, it doesn’t count. I absolutely must be in love with whatever idea I choose. I think some of them have the potential to be really awesome, but I won’t know which is the right one unless I start getting more sub-ideas for each main idea.
That’s what October is for, I suppose. Strangely enough, I’m far more nervous about this year’s NaNo than I have been in years past… probably because I fear I won’t have the time to write (and plan as I write) this year. With a good amount of willpower, I shall scrape by, though. I know that I can’t expect brilliance from a first draft – except in very rare moments, and that ought to be comforting, but it’s not. I want to feel like I’ve grown as a writer and that this rough draft might just be less rough than others. Planning can sometimes help to smooth out rough edges before the writing even starts… so that’s what I’m hoping for.
My question for my readers… how nervous do you get before starting a new project?