Just for something different - a NaNoWriMo post. If you are not already swept up in the writing frenzy project, click here to find out more.
As you may know, if you hear my frantic tweets, I am having trouble settling on a plot for this activity.
Why is it so hard? I already have two works in progress of children's novels, The Pirate Girl and Dog Show Detective. There is also a couple in the waiting pile after that such as The Warracknabeal Turf Club Mystery.
It's simple. These are stories I care too much about, need to research and think through every step. Writing before editing is a new concept for me. I need a plot I can just go crazy with.
I can't go in with no plot, because I dread the thought of typing frantically for a whole month and ending up with just the gibberish that goes on in my mind. I'm hoping for some value from it.
My solution? I've decided to do whatever most people suggest. How can you help? Please respond with your choice for me to write.
So here are my options so far:
Avatar Wave - thanks to Google Wave, Avatars have found a way to exchange with their user in this world. The time they can spend here is limited (until the computer reboots). There is an exception, one avatar has found a way to stay - he simply kills off his user while he's trapped online. Other avatars must find a way to track him down and destroy him, as he has taken on a taste for serial killing...
The Costume Maker - A gypsy type woman makes the most beautiful costumes by hand and a spoilt teen treats her rudely and bullies her into make a grand costume for her. The costume maker has powers unknown to humans and can make costumes that whisk you away to her world (medieval, fairies, dragons, etc). She sends the girl there as punishment, but there is a problem when she tries to get her back. So... the girls friends and the boy who has a crush on her all head into the world to find her and bring her home.
The Book Publisher's Wife - Mystery. 1940's. Detective who longs to be published is hassling his publisher, as are many other would-be authors. Detective turns up at the house one day and the book publisher's wife said she found her husband dead. But now the body is gone. Detective starts finding suspects everywhere, but as soon as he suspects someone, they turn up dead. Who did dun it?
Ghost Child. SciFi futuristic city is enclosed while ancient tribes live off the land outside the castle walls. Royal spacecraft crashes and the only survivor is a child princess. She is found and raised by a remote tribe. 12yrs later, a young architect ventures to the abandoned land with plans to build a new city. He discovers and reveals the princess' real identity. She returns to city life. This girl finds herself an outcast in both worlds and has a lot of trouble adjusting. Plus romance quandary - does she love the architect or her tribal friend?
You tell me?