I’ve been playing with ideas for my first novel. I’ve got a selection of plot and character ideas in my writing book; research notes on a nearby landscape for a possible setting; an incomplete collage on my desk; and I mastered iTunes and put a soundtrack together (reluctantly, though now I like it). But nothing was really jelling into a potential story, and so a few weeks ago I started reading No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty, who started NaNoWriMo (write a 50,000-word first draft in a month, alongside your day job). He’s persuaded me to dive in and write a first draft next month, despite the fact that I’m ‘not ready’.
Since I’m doing my NaNo in March instead of November when everyone does it, I was resigned to going it alone. But this morning MJ, a fellow commenter at Argh Ink, emailed to say she’d like to join me. I’m excited. It’s great to have a companion on my mad venture.
I’m expecting two proofreading jobs tomorrow, so I’m busy pinning down where I’m going to start my story on Sunday. Here’s hoping I have fun next month and write something with potential.