It snuck up on me. The way Christmas sneaks up on me every year. Even though I know the date. Even though I'm surrounded by signs of its coming. When it gets here, I'm still not ready.
I want to do it. I've planned to do it.
I thought my current book would be at query stage now and I'd be ready to move on. But I'm still getting feedback from my beta-readers and crit partner so there's work yet to be done.
And the novel-to-be isn't exactly ready to go. I've got one story with a plot that's coming together nicely but the characters are still pretty sketchy. I've got another one with most of the characters ready to go but the plot isn't there. (No, the two wouldn't merge at all.) And then there's a decades old 85% complete sci fi I found recently with a decent plot and some characters that are probably worth a total re-write.
NaNo would be good for me. I've been a bit unfocused in my writing lately and I reponse well to challenges. But with the prep work I still need to do - I'm a total plotter, not a panster - there's not much chance I can get a 50K complete story done in November.
Do I sign up for NaNo and set myself up for failure? Or maybe take on a modified challenge, i.e. I will get the plot/character design finished and the first 30K written. Or do I just pass on the whole thing and work on getting the WIP polished and start querying.
What do you think? Door number one, two, or three? If you think I should go for it, which story should I tackle: good plot with sketchy characters, definite characters with unformed plot, or old resurrected sci fi?
Looking for your good advice here. Help me out.
Groaner of the Day: The Lone Ranger and Tonto walked into a bar and sat down to drink a beer. After a few minutes, a big tall cowboy walked in and said "Who owns the big white horse outside?"
The Lone Ranger said, "I do, Why?"
The cowboy said, "I just thought you'd like to know that your horse is about dead out there."
The Lone Ranger and Tonto rushed outside and sure enough, Silver was down from heat exhaustion.
The Lone Ranger got water and soon Silver was starting to feel a little better but the heat was still oppressive.
The Lone Ranger turns to Tonto and says, "I want you to run around Silver and see if you can create enough of a breeze to help cool him down".
Tonto agrees and begins running circles around Silver. Unable to do anything except wait, the Lone Ranger returns to the bar to finish his drink.
A few minutes later, another cowboy struts into the bar and asks, "Who owns that big white horse outside?
The Lone Ranger says, "I do, what's wrong with him this time?"
The cowboy looks him in the eye and says, "Nothing, but you left your Injun running."