In between health problems, teaching classes and trying to get a magazine finished up, I have been thinking about National Novel Writing Month. I am eager to get started. I am also a bit apprehensive. Why? Because I still haven’t settled on a topic for my 50,000-word novel. And I am not one of those writers who can stare down a blank sheet of paper or a blank computer screen and make it turn into an exciting story just through sheer will. I gotta have a map.
The two likeliest candidates for my endeavor is the tongue-in-cheek project I always throw around–Vampires vs. Amish. It falls into the same category of the example I use in Media Law and in my old Broadcasting Management Class, the all-polka radio station. “Polka! Polka! Polka!” All style, but not a lot of substance. I probably could get something semi-meaningful started, but I am afraid there wouldn’t be 50,000 words there without falling back on cliches. Besides, if you’ve read one vampires/Amish book, you’ve read them all.
My second option is the third book in my Champion series, but there the problem is the opposite. I sat down the other day to write out a few plotlines that I could follow. Before I knew it, I had nine plotlines going. And one of the things I learned last year about National Novel Writing Month is KISD–Keep It Simple, Dummy.
But last night I had a sudden flash of inspiration while I was watching something on TV (was it So You Think You Can Dance? I hope not). And there’s an inkling. a wisp, a glimmer of an inspiration there). And because it is so fleeting and so minute, I am hesitant to make it public. But I am going to foster it in private and see if I can turn it into something more substantive. Maybe even a real idea….
In any case, I haven’t given up on NaNoWriMo. I just don’t think I am totally ready.
Yet. Four days and counting….