I’ve found it’s strangely discouraging to see how much further ahead everybody else’s wordcounts are from mine, so I decided to stop looking. After all, it doesn’t matter how much everyone else has written! NaNoWriMo isn’t a race against other people. It’s a crazy motivational month in which we all try our bests to write a full novel.
Okay, at the end of the month, I won’t have a full novel. I’ll have 30k of assorted, random scenes that I can then use to write a fairlyish good outline of the next two novels. (Instead of just one. Oops.)
So far, I’m right on track. Today’s the nineteenth and I have almost 19k. (Okay, fine, I’m a few hundred words behind. There, you got me.) I’m not worried, though. I’m still pretty confident I’ll make my goal, and I’ll be pretty happy with it.
Meanwhile, I realized that come December, I won’t have anything to write. I’m not finishing the novel I’m writing this month, for several reasons—the biggest of which simply is that I have written absolutely nothing this year that wasn’t set in this world and with these characters. (Well, okay, I tried a few other things for Camp NaNo, but I’m not sure those count because I didn’t do much.)
I want something new. Something really different. So while I write my 1k for NaNo each day, I’m also brainstorming for a new project that I had an idea for way back in…I don’t even remember when.
The premise? Aaaaahh, you want spoilers? Okay, fine, you convinced me. I managed to figure out how to turn Sleeping Beauty into a heist.
I love this story. Unfortunately, I have never written a piece of sci-fi longer than 3k (which means I’ve never done any sci-fi worldbuilding), and I have never ever written a heist.
Nothing like new experiences, right? (If anybody has any world building advice they could share, I’d be eternally grateful. I am so lost.)
I’m excited. Since I probably won’t start the writing itself for another month or so, I think this project will either be a really good way to start 2016 off, or it’ll be a really bad way. Or both. Probably both, knowing me and my projects, hehe.