Having successfully completed another semester of school, and not having posted anything on my blog in that entire semester, on this first day of my summer break, it seems like a good idea to update.
My writing life has felt very much on hold for the past four months, but when I think about it, I did make some progress. I got 5 rejections from agents for my Erica Flynn novel (3 of those in the same day, which is a first for me). I converted my 50,000-word rough draft from NaNoWriMo 2010 into a reasonable working outline.
Now that I have all summer free (well, free aside from my job and my assistance in the archaeology lab on campus) my brain is turning to questions about new project options. Should I finish outlining the unwritten 2/3 of the events of my NaNo 2010 project? Should I draft something new? And if I draft something new, which of my new ideas should I work on – or how can I combine all of them into one cohesive novel? Should I outline first, and then write a draft of a new book? Or should I wing it, NaNo style, but spread it out over 3 months instead of just one?
It popped into my head this morning that it would be sort of fun to do a complete outline of a book every day for a week, no holds barred on going over the top with the plot or being silly about it. As a rule, I get a lot more out of nonsense than I do over-planning and being too serious with my work. It might be a good way to loosen up and shake some inspiration loose! Maybe I’ll do one tomorrow and my next post will be about how it turns out.