It seems to me that I wrote a post not too long ago about how I didn’t have any ideas going on. Or maybe I was just talking to myself, because I tend to do that from time to time. Well, the situation has changed. Now I have too many projects in the line up and I don’t know where to start.
One project I mentioned in my last post, “Under the Green Light”. It’s literary fiction, and will probably be a very draining and emotional story to work on – although with lots of sibling hair-pulling, which could be fun. To counter the seriousness, I also have a professional thief in my head. She’s sexy, funny, and drives a 98 Toyota Corolla.
So far I’ve been jumping back and fourth between these two sets of characters. Normally, splitting myself between projects leads to crap on both sides, but maybe because they’re so completely different, I keep coming back to the other one with fresher ideas than when I left it. If it works, I’ll keep going!
Last week I learned about a new contest with CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company), called Canada Writes. “Sure,” I told myself, “why not add one more item on my very-extended to do list?” For three days I tore out my hair trying to come up with an idea…before I realised that was dumb. Instead, I grabbed one from my “pending” file and went with it. It’s the most fun I’ve had writing in a very long time, and with luck the result shows it!
Finally, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and participate in NaNoWriMo 2012. When people ask me why, I like to say I was blackmailed into it, because it’s the only way to remove the expression of incredulity from their faces. The truth is that I look forward to the challenge. I’ve chosen the story I’m going to run with and all I’m waiting for is the clock to hit 5pm on November 1 so I can race home from work and get started. The best part is that I have a buddy-system prepared, so between the two of us yelling at each other to get off Facebook and get back to work – oh and have some of this pizza – I think we stand a good chance.
Once we enter the days of NaNo, I’ll be posting here once a week with updates to keep myself motivated, and I ask that my readers comment things like “Why are you breaking to update your blog? Get back to work,” etc. I also have at least one interview planned for this month and maybe a very exciting announcement!
How many of you are entering this year’s NaNo? Want writing buddies? Leave your handle and I’ll find you!