Half a month left until National Novel Writing Month 2013 starts. I’ve been in a writing slum for about a year now. In fact, I don’t think I’ve made any serious progress with my writing career since last NaNoWriMo. I’ve been doing a lot of lip service lately, talking about finishing the edits on Chasing Shadows but not doing anything with it. I’d even announced my plans to complete the edits by November. At this rate, I doubt that’s going to happen. 🙂
Really, I’ve just been in an unmotivated slum, boggled down by all the stresses in life. Last week, I’ve felt myself emerge a little. Not really when it comes to writing, but rather when it comes to other activities in life. I’ve started playing around with 3D art again. I’ve felt a little motivation when it comes to writing, though I haven’t ventured into it. I’ve even started to blog a little, as you can see. Granted, I’ve only written a few posts. Still… it’s a start.
For a while now, I’ve been toying with NOT participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Like I said… I’ve lacked motivation all around. Tuesday was the first day I’ve actually thought I might give it a try. The first day I seriously thought to myself, I don’t have a story idea. 🙂
A few years back, I started a story about a witch named Trinity. Some of you might remember her short appearance at the end of I Loved You First. I wrote a pretty hefty chuck of book one (Trinity’s Awakening), but it being one of my first ventures into writing, it wasn’t all that great. The story line is descent… but it needs A LOT of work in terms of style and bringing the work to life. Well, I know where Trinity’s Awakening ends, and I have an awesome ending for the book two cooked up.
What I’m thinking is doing the same thing I did with the Striped Ones series and just knock out book two out of order. Not sure how many people realize this, but I actually wrote book 3 of the Striped Ones series during NaNoWriMo 2010, before I’d written book 2 (Chasing Shadows). Pretty sweet deal if I ever finish editing Chasing Shadows… Book 3 is already written and ready for editing. 🙂
Same thing would go for Trinity’s Destiny. I can get book 2 (Trinity’s Descent) out of the way, then return for an overhaul on book 1 (Trinity’s Awakening). Maybe NaNoWriMo 2014 will be the first draft of book 3 (Trinity’s Redemption).
So that’s what I’m thinking right now. If my motivation continues to increase over the next week or so, I see myself preparing an outline for November.
That’s where I am these days.