One thing I said I wanted to do in my New Year’s Resolution post was start working on a larger fiction project, a novel in fact, seen as I’ve never successfully completed a work of fiction longer than about 5,000 words (I did NaNoWriMo in 2014 but have yet to finish or edit the 42,000 words I wrote!).
Therefore whilst I was in Waterstones the other day, armed with a gift voucher courtesy of my lovely boyfriend (who may have later regretted that decision seen as he had to be in the shop with me for ages whilst I dithered between various different possibilities – I’m not known for my speedy decision making, especially not where books are concerned!), I picked up Ready, Set, Novel: a workbook for planning a novel created by the people behind NaNoWriMo.
The workbook starts from the idea process, offering various prompts to get those creative juices flowing, and guides you through various stages of plotting, character creation and world building (including drawing a map of the novel’s setting which looks fun!). Basically it looks super useful and I can’t wait to get started working in it!
The only problem is deciding which of the many ideas I have floating around in my head to use it to plan (or should I just use the ideas section and come up with something completely new?). One of the reasons I’ve never completed anything longer than a short story is because I tend to start working on one idea I love and then come up with ‘a better one’, and then start working on that instead, and so on and so forth. Sticking to one idea long enough to fill out the workbook will probably be enough of a challenge, let alone writing the novel!
The main two ideas I am playing with are completely re-plotting and rewriting my NaNoWriMo 2014 sci-fi/dystopian novel (you can read a synopsis and excerpt here) seen as I did absolutely no planning before spewing out the first 42,000 words of the book, or attempting to start afresh and write some kind of fantasy book (seen as that’s my absolute favourite genre to read). The only problem I foresee with that is that it is so hard to write something original in the fantasy genre (plus the world-building is so much work!) – I don’t want to accidentally write some kind of LOTR/ASOIAF rehash.
Anyway, has anyone else used this workbook? Would you consider using it to plot your novel? And if anyone has any suggestions about what to do with it, feel free to offer them in the comments!