As you know, I'm not participating in NaNo this year due to recently having a baby. However, that doesn't mean I don't write at all. When she takes her nap, I pick up the pen. That's how it has to go. Recently, I finished and turned in my Gelfling Gathering story, but my personal goal for November was to start a new novel by the end of the month. The end of the month is almost here.
So far I've come up with some ideas for my vampire cyberpunk story. It's been a long time since I wrote in the cyberpunk universe and I love meshing the setting with gothic horror. But, I'm afraid I'm not really sure which way I want it to go. I have good character concepts (except for the hardest part, picking the names), and a good setting, but I think I need a more simplified plot.
Either way, I really want to start writing it, but I'm not what my friends like to call a "pantser." When I just free write what comes to mind, while that can make for an interesting chapter or two, I usually get stuck at some point and can't think of anything. Then, I lose steam on the project and usually don't come back to it. (It's what happened to my steampunk love story, though I do intend to get back to that at some point. I really felt like I had something special in that one, but I digress...) The point is, I prefer to have a complete outline before I start anything so if I don't know which way I want to go I can refer back to the skeleton of the story. The problem lies when I try to build the skeleton and I can't figure out how to connect point A to point B.
Writing is amazing. It lets you build worlds, build characters, and tell a story that has never been told before, or to tell a story that's been told before in a totally new way. I wanted you to know that I still intend to be able to tell my stories to more than just a few test readers. I recently turned in my "Blood Rain" novel to Curiosity Quills publishing company. I'm hoping that they'll be interested because I liked their upfront and honest policy, and I think my story could be a good fit there. We'll have to see. I exhausted the online databases to find an agent for it, and even though I got some interest and some good responses, no one took it. I think "Blood Rain" is one of my better novels and deserves a good home, and so does "Blood Moon" and "Blood God" (when it's totally finished). I can't have that if no one gives it a chance, so I can't give up on it.
Well, I've talked a good bit about writing and I've come to a decision. I'm going to write the first chapter of the new story just so that I can get psyched up about it again. That chapter is planned out, so maybe it'll get my synapses firing with some fresh ideas. Wish me luck. First, I have to go fishing for the right names...