The badge has gone up today on the website despite the fact many of my writing friends have had their NaNo badges up for weeks.
Ben has dedicated his blog posts for October to exploring the creature which had been NaNo in past years and attempts. And he’s happy for me to ride the wave he’s created … so for me October will also be dedicated to a post mortem of past experiences. I have got over the line both years I participated but both those half written manuscripts have remained abandoned since December 1 of each year.
This year I have a battle going on between three stories lines. So I am putting it out there to my limited readership … do I:
1. continue on with last years manuscript Blue Melissae (it was just getting really interested I finished up around the 27th in time to go away!) For anyone wanting to read more – I am happy to put the entire 50,000 words up from last year!
2. go with my Hartog series of short stories in a serious capacity – considering the story has always been bigger than a couple of 2000 word shorts.
3. explore a dark teenage narrative which has been brewing since February when I had lunch with an old school friend (and crush)
Decision decisions decisions.
The upside of going with Blue Melissae is I would actually get a manuscript finished this year and tick one of my big goals for the year. The downside it it feels like cheating continuing on from where I left off.
The pros for Hartog are that I already have a bunch of interesting characters I’d love to see dance (ha- Hartog and dance I don’t think belong in the same sentence). The downside being it seems like cheating also and I’m not sure if I could live in Hartog’s skin for 30 days straight.
The lure of the teenage narrative is the concept – of seeing how dark something can get when you believe destiny always reasserts itself and the fact of living out unfulfiled teenage love out on the page. The thing that screams don’t go here – is does this story has enough legs to run. I was going to source back all my letters from my teenage years. Maybe if I put the shout out to old friends and see what comes my way.
I’ve never been organised for NaNo. The first year I did it I went into it with a single character and a rather basic premise. Last year I was torn between two stories and went with the last likely one and got the most amazing results.
So help me decide – should it be Blue Melissae, Hartog or the unnamed teenage noir?