Friday, 2 December 2011

A New Project

As the school year draws to a close and students and teachers alike can taste summer holidays in the hot desert air, my brain is juggling several potential new novel ideas.

I didn't participate in NaNo (congrats to those who did!), because my NaNo month seems to be in January, when I can laze about at home with the air conditioner chugging away.

But WHAT TO WRITE? A shiny new idea is what my mind and fingers need. I have a list of plenty of premises, except nothing's calling to me in that way I'm sure you all know well. It has to have a head-turning concept and hook, as I've realised over the past few months. I've entered too many contests and seen too many amazing ideas to be kidding myself about that now.

I'm also going to download a trial version of Scrivener to see what all the fuss is about. Whatever my new project is, it'll be part of my pioneer effort on a confangled new software.

So. What is everyone else working on during December/January? Anyone thinking of starting a new project?


  1. I've started using Scrivner and like it a lot, and it can be just the thing for the spot you're in. You can start a "binder" for each of the different ideas you're thinking about, add in pages for the parts you have in mind, characters, setting, whatever, and then see if inspiration strikes with one of them. And in the meantime you'll get use to how the software works. It's a win/win!

  2. I had this when my first TT query went out back in July. I knew I had to do something to keep my mind off of it, because I was still head-over-heels OBSESSED with my characters. I had three ideas that I was playing with, and I sort of let them all clunk around in my head for a week or so. One day, I sat down and wrote a scene for one of them, and fell in love. I forgot about everything else and that scene is now chapter 10 of ONE.

    Try writing a few lines of dialogue or a scene or even a setting description and see what grabs you. You'll find it! Second loves are possible and awesome.

    Good luck!!!

  3. Thank you!

    And this'll actually be my third love, but I think I needed reminding...