Idea Overload

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!



  1. This is my first year doing NaNo, but I did JuNo this summer on a whim and that turned out pretty well (I didn’t win, but wrote more in one month than I have in any other 30-day period in my life). I think I’ve got a fairly good handle on my story that I’ll be writing, but there’s a lot yet to figure out before November 1st. Yikes, it’s only a week away – I’d better get in gear!

    My NaNo handle is ‘Amanda Fanger’ – I look forward to connecting!!

    Good luck and write on!

  2. Good luck with Nano. I’m going to try and do this years, but I’ve got a book coming out in Nov, so we’ll see how that works out. I did it last year and it was a great way to get your book started/finished.
    I’m steve_mchugh if you want another writing buddy.

    1. A very wonderful book, by the way šŸ˜‰ You’ve got lots on your plate, but you can do this! And I’ve now added you as a buddy – the more networks, the more motivation, right?

  3. NaNo. Wow. You rock. I’m looking forward to a little less clutter in November. More time home and a chance to get caught up on projects. *starts giggling hysterically and leaves room*

  4. Good luck with NaNo, Krista. I’m sure you’ll have something awesome at the end. šŸ™‚
    I doubt I’ll be joining you – real life is still slowing me down, but I look forward to reading whatever you write…

      1. I believe finishing a story is generally considered a good thing by readers, agents and publishers. šŸ˜‰ I suppose you could start a new series, called “The Unfinished Tales”, but I don’t know if it would catch on…

        As for beta-reading. Unless the world is ending, then count me in, and good luck! šŸ˜€

      2. A friend of mine would beg to differ. She’s had a nefarious plot to murder me, collect all of my unfinished stories and sell them as “Write your own ending” novels since high school. It’s quite clever really.


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