I’ve been thinking about this a while, which is why I didn’t post on Sunday what I am posting today. I had thought about it, but wasn’t positive I wanted to change my plans/goals again so soon after setting them. After more thought, though, I think this is best.
I am amending my ROW80 goals. I love that this is an acceptable – even encouraged – part of this writing challenge.
Much though I would love to be participating in NaNo this year, my current schedule isn’t set up to be very writing-friendly. And so I knew I wouldn’t be able to make NaNo work. I had thought I could manage 2 hours a week on revitalizing an old project that I finally had good ideas for.
However, I’m just not feeling it.
I love the project, and I will get it re-written one of these days. But not right now. It needs more discipline than I’ve currently got. While I have good plans for this story, I just don’t have the passion and excitement for it that I did when writing the original (which was, by the way, my very first NaNo attempt. I won easily with just over 50K, and then spent the next several months finishing and revising the story, which – after finishing the draft – I decided was too dated and needed a way to make it less so. It’s sat ever since, waiting for that revelation).
At any rate, I need to get my writing discipline back, which means working on something that I currently have that passion for. There are a few stories that have been kicking around in the back of my head which I would love to play with, so what I’ve decided to spend the rest of November – and perhaps even the entire rest of ROW80 round 4 – doing is to play with those ideas and see what sticks. See what I can brainstorm in each of those ideas and see what emotional attachment I can get with those new stories. And I’m not going to limit myself to only a few of my ideas, or only the ideas I already have. I’m going to play with stories for this month, and (shock!) not commit to any of them. The commitment will come later, when I sit down to write them. For now, I’m just playing. Flirting. Brainstorming. And most importantly, having fun.