Tomorrow is the official start to Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve already been on to the website, filled out my author information. I’ve got my pens and paper ready, and I’m ready to resuscitate a very rusty writing practice. The thing is, I got to that pesky novel information page and realized I still don’t know what I’m writing about.
Since the spirit of NaNoWriMo is to start and finish a novel in the allotted month, I have to start from scratch writing wise. Thanks to my trip home, there are quite a few pieces that I have that I can start over with and make a pretty great story from. There are a couple of choices for this, as I outlined in The Girl Who Couldn’t Commit.
Here are my choices. Let me know what you think I should work on. Keep in mind, now, that since I’d have to start over, some of the ones I wanted to work on, I can’t (A Blues for Zora, the one on Openfiction.com, Class Reunion, the Southern Gothic Novel)
- The story I told you about in Three Sides to Every Story. It’s about a woman who has recently lost a parent. In her grief, she becomes a mean, bitter recluse. She meets and befriends a man who is her polar opposite–daring, extroverted, friendly. This is the story of their friendship. At this point, it’s not a love story, but who knows?
- The story with the “It’s Really Not What it Looks Like” twist. Amanda is sick and needs a home health aid. Her brother catches the home health aid in a situation that looks really bad and forms a bad opinion about her, despite his obvious attraction to her. Can she prove her innocence and keep her job? It’s very harlequinesque, as you can see.
- That murder story I was telling you about. Maria Gonzales is a mystery writer suffering from severe writer’s block under deadline. She just can’t seem to get a good grip on this female familicidal killer. Luckily, her boyfriend Tony works at a maximum security women’s prison that houses a notorious female convicted of familicide. Maria overcomes her writer’s block and pens a bestseller. Everything is going well…until the murderess escapes.
- Something absolutely new that I’ve been playing around with. I’m not sharing it yet. That is all. Well not really. I’ll just say it’s more literary than the others.
Cast your votes now. I’ll let you know what I decided to go with tomorrow!
- NaNoWriMo part deux (plotmamas.wordpress.com)
- The Girl Who Couldn’t Commit (copywrite1985.wordpress.com)
- Summer Camp – Not Just For Kids Anymore! (susanborath.com)
- Three Sides to Every Story (copywrite1985.wordpress.com)
- What NaNoWriMo Taught Me About Me (gabrielletheauthoress.wordpress.com)
- To Plot, or Not to Plot? (qu33nofspades.com)
I really like Three Sides to Every Story – sounds like my kind of story! You didn’t spill the beans about #4 which I’d like to say is highly unfair to #4 and those asked to choose between 1 thru 4.
Agree with Denisha – on both counts. I vote for #1, but can’t really count #4 because there’s not enough info about the story.
I find it so complicated to do a “literary” story during NaNoWriMo. I changed my mind about attempting it, so I flubbed the description. Sorry!
They all sound great, but I was torn between 2 and 3. (I guess I just have to be different!) Did you start writing yet?
I did start writing. I am doing #1. I recently lost my stepfather who raised me with my mom (2009), and it made me feel this characters pain that much sharper. I really couldn’t leave her in the sad part of the story, then; it just felt wrong.
I love ideas 2 and 3 as well. One of them may be my NaNoWriMo novel in November, so you’ll have to pick one before then, LOL. I guess since I didn’t pick them, and because I want to, I’ll tell you #2 is mistaken for a “lady of the night.” (P.S. Doesn’t that sound like a great premise for a romance novel?) #3 is another one I’ve started more than once over the years.
Did you get off to a good start today?