Amazing how a couple of months pass and our direction changes. I’ve been feeling a little like Captain Jack Sparrow staring at his compass, but the needle just keeps spinning. Ha!Back in May, I told y’all (yes, I’ve been converted, but you’ll still see you guys every now and again) that I was shelving my first novel and starting something new. But nine years of writing, rewriting, editing, reading, learning don’t let go so easy. So, what’s this got to do with National Novel Writing Month? Well, I’m taking my first book off the shelf and writing book three in the trilogy. I figure if I can write the big ending, then I’ll know better how to improve the first book. I can make sure plants have payoffs, and payoffs have plants from the very beginning. I can clarify the overarching plot and the plots for each individual book as well as the character development throughout the whole trilogy. Book two is already written and is awaiting edits, which I’m thinking of applying in the next two weeks before I hit book three. Am I insane?
When I think up story ideas, I don’t think in terms of one book plot. They tend to stretch out to three and beyond. This story world has three trilogies that take place in it. But since this is my first trilogy, I’m thinking I need to finish what I’ve started to learn to write better stories. So this November I will attempt to hammer out at least 50,000 words of book three. I’ve already got an outline, we’ll see how it will unfold. And now that I’ve told y’all, there’s no going back. 🙂
So who’s with me? Are you writing anything for NaNoWriMo?