NaNoWriMo is less than a week away and, as I mentioned in last week’s post, I’ve been laying some ground work to (hopefully) ensure my November is as productive as possible. Tonight’s fortune cookie message seems to agree with that plan.
“Prepare today for the demands of tomorrow”
On a whim, I gathered up the other discarded fortune messages from the dinner table this evening to see what other helpful advice I could find.
“You will enjoy doing something different this coming weekend”
Hmm. Well I was going to do laundry and clean the bathroom this weekend, but clearly this fortune has something else in mind. I think I’ll take this advice and work on collages for a couple of my potential story ideas instead. Pulling out the scissors, glue, random pictures, and other crafty items sounds like the perfect activity for what is forecasted to be a very soggy weekend. And who am I kidding; I was never going to clean the bathroom this weekend anyway.
One big question remaining before November 1st rolls around is which story I’ll work on. I have a few to choose from. One option is last year’s NaNo story. At 50,000 words, it’s about half-way to where it needs to be. If I work on it again, I’ll be very close to a full finished draft at the end of the month. The advantage of this choice is that I know how this story goes, making it less likely that I’ll get stuck or wander off track. On the other hand, there may not be 50,000 more words worth of the story left to tell.
A second choice, which the fortune below seems to be hinting at, is the stand-alone sequel to last year’s story. It would be a starting from ground zero story, but since it’s a “journey” story, there would definitely be many faraway places in it. This option would be the “exciting” choice, especially if you define “exciting” as I-have-no-idea-where-this-story-is-heading. Since it is the story I know the least about, it also has the potential to fizzle out early.
“You will take a pleasant journey to a place far away”
My third option is to take the Cassie & Nicolai mystery story that I’ve been playing with during our Friday Random Improv sessions and develop it into a full-fledged story (I’m thinking cozy-mystery). The advantage of that choice is that I already know the characters and their voices very well, so I should be able to get off to a strong start. The fortune below seems to be all in favour of this option.
“A romantic mystery will soon add interest to your life.”
I have a few days to decide. Hopefully after my collage work this weekend I’ll have a better feeling for which story has the most potential. If not, I may have to set aside the fortune cookies and flip a coin instead.
Regardless of which story I ultimately work on, I’m hoping this last fortune is a good omen.
“You will be rewarded for your hard work this past month”
Note to self: Stock up on fortune cookies, just in case writer’s block strikes during NaNo.
So how about you? Where are you getting your inspiration from these days?