Wednesday, 3 November 2010

A different type of insanity for NaNo

Heya guys!

How's NaNo? Are you doing it?

I'm not. BUT. I'm doing something waaaaaaaay crazier. Wanna know what it is?


I'm writing two books at once.

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen this little conversation I had with lots of my buddies (seriously, if you're not on twitter, why not? Best. Convos. Evar). I had an idea of one I've been wanting to write forever, but didn't. Why? Mainly because it patently did not fit my "brand":

a) the kid is a SMART ASS
b) it's got magical realism elements
c) it's freakin' funny, for crying out loud
d) it does not make people cry.

Clearly I need to keep my crying element on the up and up. I'm working on one now that makes me cry; it makes me want to curl up in a corner and suck my thumb when I'm finished with pieces of it, so I was getting pretty depressed. It's ultimately an uplifting story but there's sure as heck no happy ending WHICH, well, I was wanting from SOMETHING. I don't normally do happy endings but I needed one.

Anyway. I totally digressed there, didn't I.

So what I ended up deciding is that I would write that one for ME. For FUN. Alongside writing the one that is deep and thought provoking and also something I love doing just needed a break from.

So yesterday I got about 2k of words on each, and I'm feeling pretty saucy. I'll let you know how it continues, but at least the first day wasn't a total wash.


Have you ever tried to write two at once? Any tips or tricks I ought to know?


Janna Qualman said...

Wow! Good luck to you, Jen!

I'm not doing NaNo, either (though I originally thought I would), but have other stuff on my plate. That works!

Matthew Rush said...

Nope. I don't have the kind of brain that could do that.

JKB said...

Janna, it most definitely does!

Matthew, you make me sad. I thought for sure you would have!


Patti said...

I have tried and it didn't work so well for me, but maybe having them be so different would help.

Heidi Willis said...

I'm not that good of a multi-tasker. :) If anyone can do it, it would be you. I'm struggling just to get one at a time done. :)