Since I'm participating in NaNo now, I figured I would need a project. That's kind of important, right? I was just going to do the fan fiction story, but I'm already a good 20,000 words into it. That's 20,000 words I can't include in my word count.
Then I decided I might go ahead and actually finish the second draft of ATRS (yeah, yeah, I know; I took a three month hiatus from it), but it's so close to being done that it would be kind of pointless to spend all November doing it. All I really need for that is a one week writing boot camp, and it'll be complete. I know exactly what's going to happen, what needs to be written. I am just L-A-Z-Y. I'll do that in December, I think, when the dust has settled from NaNo.
I had two major ideas that I was deciding between. One was the "sequel" (more appropriately, companion novel) to ATRS, which was going to be a real challenge, with two POVs and in present tense. It would be good for me to experiment with different styles of writing. This would have a darker tone, older YA or possibly adult. At the same time, I opened up the three chapters I had finished of "Steam" and reread them. They're--well, they're actually pretty good. I liked them a lot. I hated the fact that it was elemental fantasy (fire, water, blah blah), and it had a distinct, Tolkien-esque high fantasy feel. Not my cup of tea right now, not at all.
I wanted to do something lighter and happier for NaNo. Not something archaic and epic. I wanted to do YA, not adult. And I really wanted to do urban fantasy, or maybe steampunk if I was especially ambitious.
Well, I decided. Ever since coming up with "Steam" (in a very odd and vivid dream), I was mostly attached to the characters. The plot was kind of quirky and had potential, but all I wanted to do was spend time with the people populating that world. I spent days drawing up character charts to get to know them better. I never do that. And I thought, well, why not put them somewhere else and see what they do? So the revamped plot is not an urban fantasy, sadly. It's still set in a fantasy world, but it's much...tamer? Fairytale-like, I think. More Robin McKinley and less Lord of the Rings (not that I could ever measure up to anything Robin McKinley writes or J.R.R. Tolkien, for that matter). The main character is a male fairy (because there aren't nearly enough of those in the world). I'm a bit worried because I've never written a male MC before, but it will be a fun challenge. Perhaps I will put up a blurb when I write one (I am oh so horrible at writing those; it's definitely a skill I need to work on if I ever want to attempt a query letter).
Oh, it has fairies and witches and princesses, and everything I've ever wanted to put in an ideal novel.* I'm so excited to begin. Hopefully, by winter break, I'll have the drafts of two novels ready for intensive editing. I shall take them with me to China where I will have no Internet, so--editing galore!
I know I have total ADD when it comes to projects, and I'm hoping NaNo will give me a chance to just WRITE without thinking about how good or bad it is. I can always worry about that later, but sometimes, my Internal Editor sends me to a grinding halt. It's a very annoying thing. I need the chance to just be able to churn out the crap, so to speak. After all, every diamond starts out as a piece of coal. Er, I think. I'm not that good at geology.
*The only thing it's missing is talking animals, so maybe I should just go all the way and add those too.