A couple of years ago, I tried NaNoWriMo for the first time. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which, when I first heard about it years before trying it, was only just starting to become A Thing. Now it is most definitely A Thing, with all sorts of spin-offs and versions, but the one I’m talking about is the original Thing, which is that you write a previously unstarted novel of 50,000 words or more, in its unedited entirety, in the month of November.
I discovered the existence of this mass project in 2003, but could never quite imagine how I would ever have time for something like that until 2009, at which point I decided I was going to just do it, as they say. Well, I got up to 50,000 words, but it certainly couldn’t qualify as a novel, nor really as writing–certainly not good writing–although I did have some interesting theological insights through the process, which I still think are sort of cool so maybe I’ll reblog them from my old blog here sometime. Or you can go on a treasure hunt yourself and try to find them.
Anyway, just like in 2009, I still have two stalled novels (one of which I almost forgot about, the other of which is Favored One which keeps getting regularly turned down by literary agents everywhere) and no new novel ideas. I mean, none. But the regular round of guilt at being a basically non-practicing Writer has hit again, and, just like in 2009, I’m going to be taking grad school courses in January but am not doing so now, so guess what? I just signed up to write a 50,000 word novel once again.
I probably should’ve discussed this with my Paul, first, but maybe this will be a good way to get us in the habit of my disappearing for a few hours every evening with homework, since that’s going to be our life starting in January anyway. Or maybe I’ll just write this downstairs next to him on the futon, with Spooks on in the background. That might make for interesting results.
Anyway, this doesn’t negate the fact that I still haven’t a clue what to write about. I’m certainly not going to revisit the horrible story idea of the last attempt. However, I happen to know I’ve got a creative Readership, so here it is:
That’s a Jenn Story’s first! ever! giveaway contest!
In the comments, please give me a story idea, prompt, suggestion. I promise I will use one of The Readership’s suggestions, not one of my own (since I don’t have any) though I of course reserve the right to develop that idea in any way I see fit. The instigator of the suggestion I choose will win a free (even postage paid) copy of my already-in-existence novel, Trees in the Pavement. You have from now until October 31st to chime in, and you may post more than once, but ideas should be sent in separate comments.
Ready? Set? Go!