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Thread: Who knows what they're going to write already?

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    Polydactyl Landshrimp underpope's Avatar
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    Who knows what they're going to write already?

    I was originally committed to my kaiju novel for NaNoWriMo 2017, but now I'm wavering; if you would be so kind, could you please head on over to my blog post and vote on what you'd like to see? I won't post the chapters online as I have in the past, of course, but if you're interested I could email chapters out to a select group of readers.

    Do any of you fellow NaNoWriMoAWers know what you're going to write? If you're comfortable with it, share!
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    forgetful elephant Yzjdriel's Avatar
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    I'm not sure what I'm doing for NaNoWriMo yet, but I've narrowed it down to a few options. We'll see what's still in my mind once Halloween rolls around.

    Please ignore the clearly insane electrical engineer behind the instrument panel. His meds won't wear off until Thur - it's Friday? Already?? Oh dear.
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    Likes metaphors mixed, not stirred Chris P's Avatar
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    I haven't attempted NaNo in a few years. I'm on the fence about using it to get unstuck or to not bother with it and let me unstick when I'm inspired. I have half of one novel to finish, and two others I feel compelled to write. I just don't know yet if NaNo is the right tool to get them going. A lot will depend on my travel schedule for that month.
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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    I'm writing a soft sci-fi novel. It's about aliens coming to our planet but to repair its damages than to conquer it. I'm super excited to get to work on it starting late September!

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    figuring it all out Ancoelle's Avatar
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    A sequel to my first book, where the characters explore new and unsavory parts of the world. Very excited--and scared for them, haha.

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    tiny hedgehog JetFueledCar's Avatar
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    I know! I know!

    Whatever's in my head.

    Kidding. I'm currently planning to do the rewrite of my Camp novel from a couple years back. But I know me. Something else will come along.
    "Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days, nothing else matters." - Neil Gaiman

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    "The Moving Finger writes..." M.S. Wiggins's Avatar
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    I’m considering going with (another) thriller—Adult this time. It’s in the vein of MISERY, but with contemporary elements/drive/ ‘theme-ology’. I’ve been working on an outline for it over the last ‘little while’. My kinda outlines are incomprehensible to anyone other than myself. To an outsider it’s a garbled mess of staccato gibberish! The research on certain subject matter concerning the contemporary elements is turning out to be... a whole lot of research hours!
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    practical experience, FTW CoffeeBeans's Avatar
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    I'm down to two ideas. They are on pretty opposite ends of the idea-spectrum - one is super-fluffy and baking themed and the other is a thriller/mystery about cults.

    Both are at least a little mapped out, so I'm not too worried. I'm ready to dash in either direction as needed, but the culty one is totally winning at the moment.

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    New Fish; Learning About Thick Skin
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    I've known for months now.

    The original idea came to me in December. It would be kind of a love story between a person (August) and somebody that only appears in his dreams (Heather).

    Now, I developed all the main characters and real life parts. August is transgender (FTM) and after coming out to his family and it going horribly, he's still closeted. He lives with his mother and stepfather in a fictional city south of Phoenix. His father who is now accepting lives in Phoenix, but he can't see him.

    He also has a group of friends. There's his best friend Joel who is also transgender but doesn't know it, Lola who is from Mexico and is kind of the leader of the group, and Maya who I have nothing for yet.

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    figuring it all out
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    I'm writing my first true take on the post-apocalyptic genre. I wanted to do something that would subvert the expectations of that sort of book--no love triangles, revolutions, weird government systems or groups, special chosen ones, etc.

    It's a fusion of Genesis and the origin story of the Buddha, titled The Dove. Frey Sorensen lives twenty years after the "Tar Bombs" destroyed all Earth's agriculture, in a seed vault built on the former site of Yellowstone National Park. She's trained to be the Dove her whole life--the resident who is sent out into the ruins of the American West to search for arable land. She assumes there's nothing her training can't handle.

    What she doesn't expect is to be saddled with a partner, Mika Salisbury, whose parents betrayed the seed vault years ago. Mika is both more cynical and more devoted to justice than Frey, and is quick to see the new world as nothing but a brutal jungle where violence is law. What these two explorers will learn as they journey is that neither of them is quite correct about human nature.

    The story is split into four chapters, each of which is named after one of the Sacred Sights that convinced Siddhartha that there was suffering in the world: the Sick Man, the Old Man, the Dead Man, and the Ascetic. Characters are named after important figures in Genesis. The villains are a group of well-dressed, well-mannered cannibals, teaming up with a psychopathic former anesthesiologist named Dr. Abe Malick. And it'll be set in real locations around the West, ending in Walla Walla where I currently live. I'm really excited!
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    Prepared to sing! AW Moderator Sage's Avatar
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    Cheering you all on!
    I have a chorus contest in October, so I've put all writing things on hold to meet my commitments to them. I think this will be a rewriting year. Either last year's novel or my NaNo novel from 2007. But I have a back-up idea if I decide to go with a fresh novel. We'll see how I feel in the second half of October.
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    Making Einstein cry since 1994 Maggie Maxwell's Avatar
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    In my head
    I'm thinking this year is a "finish your shit" year for me. In 2015 I did, like, three novels that were half to mostly done and a short story from scratch. One of those novels I decided needs a second POV, and I have four other NaNo WIPs that need finishing, so I think I'm going to get that POV added and work on at least one other of those WIPs. Not as fun as something new, but it's satisfying to write The End that many times in a month.
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    Puttin' daydreams to paper OliverCrown's Avatar
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    I've decided to do something different this year.

    Here I have a tweet poll. And over here I have the basic breakdown. I'm letting my followers decide what I'm going to write this year from 8 possible stories.

    Half are plot'd - half would be pants'd (most of my past ones have been the hybrid Planster variety) and I have a few different genres in the field. Originally I had about 15+ stories I've wanted to write for a while but life has basically put a strangle hold on me - especially writing wise - so I can't write the way I used to or would like to.

    I could pick one of my NaNo ideas easily and I do have a favorite, but sometimes I feel it's fun/healthy/advantageous to be more interactive with my fellow readers and authors.

    Also, this should be fun!


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