The coffee panda is ashamed of me today. I went from having no plot to having too many. Due to a rather inspirational writing prompt that I did for my October Horror Writing Prompts, my brain did what it always does. This is why I can’t write short stories, folks. This is why when I was a senior and we had to turn in our portfolio project, my teacher was rather taken aback that she had a 40 page ‘short story’ to read. (Might I add, once she read it, she was completely convinced that I shouldn’t take a word out.). Even that short story turned into a novel. I have trouble not developing on characters, and I’m sure that so many of you can relate.

Now, however, I stumble into my quandary. I stumble into the issue that I touch today in my NaNoWriMo advice. Maybe, just maybe, it’s better to only make one plot. I’m not saying that plotting out novels isn’t a good idea! I’m not saying that good ideas aren’t a good idea! But, when it comes time for NaNoWriMo, I think it’s important to have one thing to focus on. As it stands, I might end up splitting my attention between two novels… and that could be my downfall for the year. Something magical about November is the ability to really buckle down and see a story through from start to end. For a moment, you abandon all other plot bunnies, all other novel issues, all editing, all everything… and you delve so deeply into a world that you come out the other side 50,000 words the richer.

I don’t know how easy that will be to do with two novels.

So, don’t over plot. Don’t come up with 10 different NaNo ideas if you’re anything at all like me. When I really lay out and plot a novel, I become so passionate about it… and now that passion is tearing me in two different directions. Take care of your hearts, my dear readers xD And don’t give it out to a million novels for NaNo. Unless, of course, that’s your jam! If you can write multiple  novels at once, you go for it. I guess this NaNo tip is really just me trying to warn myself for next year, and to warn those who function as I do! Beware your own creative mind, you’re just too good at it!

Oh, as a side note, my day #8 prompt will be coming later this afternoon! I can’t wait to see what you guys think about it and what you come up with!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick
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