My NaNoWriMo Dilemma
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October 2010
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October 2010

As NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) quickly approaches I find myself in a dilemma as to what to write. Option One: Write the next novel in a series I’m writing on three “sisters.” I finished the first one a few months ago and I am currently in the process of revising. It would be easy to step back into writing about familiar characters. However, I am doing some major rewriting on the first story. I already have a clear idea of the major storyline changes. But my characters sometimes take on a life of their own and the story takes an unexpected turn. So writing a follow up story before the first one is set in stone could be a bit risky. Option Two: I started a short story a few weeks ago that intended to be a piece of flash fiction. It grew to around 5,000 words. I’ve been trying to decide exactly how to end the piece for the last week or so. But for the last couple of days I keep thinking… I’d like to know more about this character. What happened in her life that led her to make this choices? What was her childhood like? What was her relationship like with her parents? So now I’m considering using what I wrote as a synopsis and making this my NaNoWriMo story. The length would be perfect. When you think it about it, it’s not a bad dilemma to be in. I have two viable options for my NaNoWriMo story. Things could be much worse. I could have absolutely no idea what I’m going to write. But, I have to make a choice – and soon. There are only eleven days left for me to plot my story and outline my characters. I’m giving myself a few more days and then I’ll make a decision. What do you think?

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  • Roxanne

    Thanks Leanna! I think you're right.I should definitely go with a new story.

  • Leanna Amundsen

    I think I would go with Option two if I had this dilemma. Like you say, option one sounds risky when the first book is still going through re-writes, and making a novel out of your flash fiction just sounds more exciting. Yes, it's more work for you as you have to flesh out the new characters, but starting fresh with your new story gets my vote.

    Have fun choosing!