Choosing the NaNo

The time has come once again– the time to choose what I’m going to write for NaNoWriMo! This is always the hardest part for me, and doesn’t always gel immediately. I find, though, that the years I pick something and stick with it are the years I actually get the work done.

If you’re having trouble coming up with some stuff for your NaNo project, I suggest Alex’s post on story premise. Here’s a helpful bit of advice from her post:

Notice how all of these premises contain a defined protagonist, a powerful antagonist, a sense of the setting, conflict and stakes, and a sense of how the action will play out.

That should get you started.

Here are some premises I’m rolling around:

  • A young oceanside restaurant owner in financial trouble must work through her conflicting desires for help, independence, and love when her former boyfriend, and now famous cooking show chef, pays her a visit.
  • Isabelle Parson, preacher’s daughter, manages to convince a horse thief that she’d be his perfect sidekick, only to find that it actually might be true.
  • A New York city cop gets pulled through a time warp while visiting her family for Christmas and ends up on an adventure with the infamous (and surprisingly non-fiction) gentleman scientist from H.G. Wells’ THE TIME MACHINE, to keep his invention out of the hands of an evil government official bent on world domination.

So, what kinds of stories are you going to be doing for NaNoWriMo? Have any advice for me on which one I should pick?

  • Beth Caudill

    I’d pick the last one…but that should be no surprise coming from me.nThe first one is okay sounding as well but the second one doesn’t have any umph to it. Maybe if her goal was to be more than a sidekick?nnI’m not signed up for NaNo but will be working on the WIP I just started. It’s sci-fi-ish.nnA crystal jewelry store owner must restart her life after her husband divorces her and steals her business. Desperate to keep her new business open, she makes a deal with the local gem supplier; only to have him pull her into an investigation by the same organization that got her mother killed.nn

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  • Delia

    Number three, no contest.

  • I think it’s pretty cool that you both picked the most high concept premise of the three– I guess high concept really does work! 😉