National Novel Writing Month, and am even the Municipal Liaison for Bloomington. This is my 5th year participating.
This has been the hardest year so far. I think I've over-committed myself, and am having a hard time balancing my time. Also, I think the story has a bit to do with it.
At the beginning of NaNoWriMo, I had decided to write Agateophilia, a novel about a woman who is cursed by a coworker and loses all impulse control. She goes on a rampage, delivering sweet justice to all those little annoyances in life. The whole story is narrated by her stalker.
Although fun and a great outlet, it became hard to write around 15,000 words. I simply ran out of story. I knew the ending, but delayed writing it. Instead, I added more and more incidents and attempted to add side-stories that just fizzled themselves out. Eventually, I realized that I would have no fun using the rest of the month writing filler. I wrote the ending and am calling it a novella.
Upon discussing it with my Muse (which just happens to be my husband), I came up with two different projects that got me excited about writing again.
Project Clean Up The Scraps (not an official name): I've had another idea for a story that I knew I couldn't make into a novel. For one, although I came up with it on my own, I found out that the idea wasn't original. Secondly, it has a theme I've used in a previous novel. BUT! I could write a second novella.
I also have the remnants of Terrainer, the book I wrote in 2010 that I was never happy with. Although most of it is crap, there's a few scraps in there that could be made into a decent short story.
In addition, I also have the setting of a story. The idea was provided to me by my stepdad. It's an awesome, creepy setting that I really want to use, but I'm afraid would get lost in a longer novel. It would be great for another short story.
Project Zombie Fairy Tales: The fairy tales section from Brains for the Zombie Soul has been very popular, and was very fun to write. I'd love to expand it into it's own book. But, to do so, I'd recycle some of the stories already in Brains for the Zombie Soul, which would make me feel like I was cheating my readers. So I plan to do two things with it.
First, I've been wanting to try to record my own audiobook. A bunch of fairy tales would be a perfect starting place, and I'd be less self conscious about doing silly voices.
Secondly, when I think of fairy tales, I think of those oversized children's hardcover books with great paintings and illustrations. I'd love to partner with some other artists to put something like that together. But that'll take a while, so it's not on the short list.
But for now, as part of Cleaning Up the Scraps, for the rest of NaNoWriMo, I'm writing that other novella. It's a vampire story where vampire blood is sold as a drug. It's shaping up quite nicely, and I'm happy that I switched over to writing it.
I'm 6,000 words away from hitting my goal, and I have three days to write that in (which should be no problem). That'll probably finish up the story about perfectly too.