NaNoWriMo is sneaking up on me this year, which isn’t very kind of it given this will be my tenth year. You’d think by this point NaNoWriMo and I would be like old friends, comfortable slipping back into our old patterns and inside jokes even after months apart.
Alas, Year 10 is throwing me for a loop like usual.
I’d been planning for months to write a story idea that popped into my mind thanks to a logline competition over on the GITS blog.
But then, just in the past week or so, an old idea has been nagging at me. It’s an idea for which I’ve done many, many drafts in screenplay form. But I’ve never been able to sufficiently break it. It’s the idea I’ve come back to the most, the one I’ve never been able to sufficiently capture despite the fact that I always feel so close. And it’s whispering in my ear again, haunting me again, trying to convince me to try giving it the novel treatment instead.
So, it’s the age-old question for me: write the new thing, or write the thing that haunts? I try to alternate, and I have been slowly working on a new idea over the past few months. I’m planning to wrap up Draft Zero before I head into November. And after that, I’m thinking more and more it may be time to visit the ghost once again.