New Idea

By the title of this post alone you’re probably groaning saying, “she changed her mind again…?” Yes, I did change my mind again!

Kris and I were discussing writing last night as she filled up a notebook and I… haven’t written anything in a while. So, we were discussing the upcoming NaNo session, writing in general, publishing, etc. This is what I explained to Kris:

I decided to write a novel that was a brand new idea about two college students and writing. I’ve realized whenever I get stuck on my writing I end up writing about writing. Yet if it beats the writer’s block, then why not? The thing is, I’m not really all that into the idea anymore. I still like the idea and will keep it in mind in case I ever want to try it again.

However, I had to read the first half of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien for school this week. I read it in two days and now I’m back on a fantasy high. So I thought of writing Saving Time. There are two things wrong with that. One, it’s the kind of story that needs to be outlined. I have many ideas for it and there are a lot of characters and places in the story. It’s not something I can free write or else editing will be a pain and I’ll most likely lose the main idea. Two, I started it in a notebook and I would like to finish it in my notebook. If for whatever reason I can’t get to a computer, I can still work on a novel. I know some people hand write for NaNo and I love that; kudos to all of you, but I don’t have the time to hand write 50,000 words and then type those 50,000 words to validate it. I might as well sit at my computer and bang out 100,000 words if I can. So, Saving Time is out.

The first draft of my story chapter is due next week for my Fiction class. I’m going to submit the first chapter of Detective Florence. Of course, we all know I decided to take a break from that series and now that I have to focus on the one chapter I’m beginning to realize that I miss writing that series. I still have the third novel to write, but like Saving Time, it needs to be outlined. If I don’t outline it, I’ll be stuck and the series will lose its main idea. So that’s out.

You guys are probably thinking that I’m coming up with too many excuses, but trust me; I’m not good at pantsing. I free write every once in a while, but I need that outline for the most part; especially since I recently discovered a great way to outline that works for me.

So, what am I going to write? Kris and I were discussing my Short Story Sunday and then…


I realized what I should write for NaNo. I should write short stories. That way I can write about anything I want, any genre I want. Plus, I think the variety of stories will help me get over my writer’s block. I haven’t been able to write in so long that it’s gotten to the point that my brain isn’t used to it anymore and I’m indecisive about it all.

Plus, it will certainly be interesting to see how well I do within a certain amount of pages/words. We all know I tend to babble on, so if an idea sparks it just might end up turning into a novella… but I think it would be cool to have a collection of short stories at the end of the month. It’s something different. It’ll be a nice change of pace for myself.

I’m excited about it whereas I wasn’t too thrilled with my old idea. So I think I have a better chance at winning now that my enthusiasm has come back.

12 thoughts on “New Idea

  1. Congrats on the short story idea! That sounds like a fun plan! Don’t worry if you hand-write it all though. I plan to hand-write this year, and I’ve already had several others who’ve been doing that for the past several years tell me that you don’t have to type what you wrote to validate it.

    They take an average number per page (most count the first ten pages and average them; I plan on using the first five) and count each page as that average number. To validate it, simply take something you’ve already typed, highlight the number of words you’ve counted from your hand-written work and enter it into the validation location. (Ha! I made a rhyme!) That’s my plan at least. Since it doesn’t lock it in, it won’t matter.

    • Huh. That’s actually a really good idea. I still hope to type it (it’s faster and easier for me), but if l do hand write a few of the stories here and there, l’ll keep that in mind. Thanks!

  2. Hm! Never thought of that before. It’s an interesting solution, a nice middleground for those of us between projects. I personally love a good short story written well. Good luck Rachel!

  3. Maybe it’s just my lack of getting around, but I have actually never heard of someone writing short stories for NaNo! I love the idea – it’s perfect for you, I think, especially since you haven’t written awhile and need to get back into the swing of it. 😀 Good luck! x

    • I’m hoping it turns out well, anyway. I’m in the mood to write so many different genres, that I’m hoping to kill two birds with one stone. Thanks!

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