I'm ready to start drafting another book. I'm putting away RADIO STATIONS ARE FOR LOSERS for the time being. It's not the right book for me at this moment. I never thought I would just put away an entire book so easily. It's 45,000 words, several months of my life, and some of the funniest lines I've ever written, but still, it's not right for me now.
I have revisions to do on MANHOLE. This will be my primary focus for the next few weeks. And then I'll get notes back on GESTAPO from my agent and will have to fix that one. But still, itching at the back of my brain is this new idea.
The problem with this new idea is that I don't know the plot. I know the characters. I know the premise. I have a great hook. I even think I have a pretty good moral. I just can't seem to figure out what happens, what is going to be the big problem. Part of the issue is that it has so much potential, that I'm not sure what way to go with it.
Now would be the time to do an outline, yes? Bah. I am not so great with the outlines. I think I'm just waiting for something (or someone, ahem, critique partners) to tell me what is going to happen.
Which brings me to NaNoWriMo---yes, I think I'm going to do it. I'm crazy. I never thought I would take it on, but November seems like a perfect month to try. Much will be off my plate by then (hopefully). And yes, I'm still planning the EPIC "I Love Dark YA" Blogfest in November, but that's only four Wednesdays. So I'm doing NaNoWriMo. (Yes, that's one novel in one month--eek).
What do you writers think? Do the characters and premise always go hand in hand with the plot? If they don't, where do your plot ideas come from? And who's with me in doing NaNoWriMo???