Daily Archives: October 7, 2013

Starting From Scratch

So, you know that plan I had?  The one where I was going to finish rough drafts of all 12 books of The Academy of the Accord series this year?  Well, it’s not going to happen.  I’m too far behind schedule, for one thing, and for another, I think I need a break from it.  Oh, I still love the characters and the story, but I’ve been working with them for a very long time and I think I’m getting a little burned out.

Yet, I hate the thought of not working on it, too.

And then, of course, there’s the fact that NaNoWriMo is just a little over three weeks away and I have half an outline already in place for Book 12 of the series, so if I don’t write it I need to start over from scratch.

But you know, that might be fun.

Except I have no idea what to write…

(It’s not that I don’t have lots of ideas that are clamoring for my attention, it’s just that none of them are really screaming louder than the others yet.)

So, I thought I would do the exercises in Ready, Set, Novel!* to help me decide what to write and to create the story, especially since I’m using it as the basis for a series of workshops at the Ford City Library to help people get ready for NaNoWriMo.

The brainstorming exercises were great and gave me three possible novels.  One I scratched right away as it didn’t really give me anything to grab onto as a hook.  The other two both got a short synopsis written, and then I started working on a longer version of each of them.  One stalled out but the other is showing a lot of promise.

I’m not entirely in love with the idea, though.  For one thing, it’s set in modern times and for another it’s… not my usual style.  It’s very dark and so far the only character with any redeeming characteristics is either dead when it starts or dies within the first couple chapters.  (My outline isn’t that detailed yet.)

We shall see.  Hopefully by Friday I’ll have actual characters to work with – and to introduce.  If not, well… there will still be three weeks left to start over… again.

* Ready, Set, Novel! is available from the store at http://www.nanowrimo.org

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