November is nearly upon us, and so another National Novel Writing Month begins. Last year, I took part in my very own International Thesis Finishing Months, so I was too busy to write any fiction in November. This year, unless I come up with an exciting new idea for a story within the next 10 hours, I will be doing a National Novel Rebel Month.
Instead of writing a new book, I will be going back to one of my old ideas. This idea started out as a failed attempt at doing my own NaNoWriMo while I was unemployed, then a script I wrote for Script Frenzy, and then again an incomplete novel. After all this time, across all these versions, I still haven’t found a decent way to finish the story. So I’m going to start at the beginning, making a few changes right away that will hopefully make the book more exciting and add at least a bit more diversity (it had talking llamas before it had a non-white person, and I am sorry about that). I won’t be starting exactly with a blank slate, hence the rebel part of my participation, but like most NaNoers I’ll have no idea where the story will take me, which will hopefully be somewhere unexpected. With new forward momentum, and my previous experiences of successfully pantsing my way through novels, I hope I will finally encounter the ending I’ve been looking for. Even if I don’t succeed, I will have had more than a month away from my finished draft of a different novel, which I can then attack (i.e. edit) with a vengeance.
First, I must start. Good luck to me, and to you if you’re also taking part. I would love to hear from other rebels out there. If you’re not taking part, keep writing anyway!