In an earlier post, I outlined a handful of my ideas for NaNoWriMo. I’ve since made a final decision about what I’m writing and how long it will be.
I’m aiming for 25,000 words but will be fine with 20,000 if I get really busy, which I probably will. I felt bad about not going out with a bang for my last year in the Young Writer’s Program but I talked to the staff of the YWP website and they said one “graduates” either upon finishing high school or turning eighteen, whichever comes second. Yay! Now I can dream about writing a full-blown novel next year, although in all likelihood I won’t be able to: I’ll be too busy with Scary Senior-Year Stuff. Oh well, one can always hope…
On the main NaNoWriMo site my story is classified as Fantasy but it’s actually more complicated than that. I settled for combining ideas #2 and #4 from the list in the post linked to above. I am writing short stories – LGBTQ+ retellings of fairy tales in different genres – and here’s why I chose that.
I am writing short stories because I have a short attention span. I adore reading long works (and will cry a lot if you take away my beloved thousand-page fantasy epics), but I don’t like writing them. I lose focus. My plot wanders. This time, though, I’m aiming for my stories to be no more than ten double-spaced pages each, so I can’t get bored of them. And if I get an idea in the middle of writing something else, it’s OK to take a break from the first story and try out the second!
I am writing LGBTQ+ because I feel like I should write what I want to read. LGBTQ+ YA fantasy does exist but it is a teeny-tiny genre and I think instead of complaining about that
as much, I should do something about it. (That makes it sound like I actually plan to publish these. Hey, maybe I should try. Money for college, yo.) Not all of my stories will have LGBTQ+ characters/themes, but I’m planning for the majority to be like that.
I am writing retellings of fairy tales because they’re fun to adapt. I love fairy tales and have enjoyed adapting some (such as Cinderella) before. It’s fun to change a story I heard countless times as a little kid. I also chose to retell fairy tales because, quite honestly, it’s easy. It’s not completely without difficulty – after all, I have to decide what elements I’m going to change – but I do like having a set plot. I know the bulk of what I’m working with; I just mess about with the details.
I am writing in different genres and/or settings to challenge myself. I don’t want to write fantasy the whole month because A) I’ll get bored and B) I want to try something new. I want to try dystopian, contemporary, steampunk, et cetera. For example, I’m going to rewrite “The Little Mermaid” as either a tragedy or a horror story – actually quite easy if you know the original!
I have no idea what any of the stories, let alone the entire collection, will be titled. But I have bigger things to worry about.
What do you think of my idea? What are you writing next month? And good luck to everyone!
P.S. My username on both the main site and the YWP is nevillegirl, if anyone wants to watch my progress, read an (as yet unwritten) more detailed summary, or whatever.