Ian Philpot

I only announced my NaNoWriMo novel a week ago, and I’m already scrapping it.

It has nothing to do with the characters—I was already imagining their different reactions to scenes from my life.

It has nothing to do with the main themes of friendship, trust, and truth. There aren’t many other themes that I could use to shake my readers to their core (except love).

It has everything to do with the story. I was very excited about the story in my novel from last year, and I just don’t feel the same way about my idea for this year, so it’s gone.

Whatever my new novel is, my process for finding the story is going to be different. I’m going to start with a couple characters and themes and see what story comes from them. This may not seem like a very efficient way to write a novel, but I’ll give it a try for a week. If this doesn’t work, I still have time to switch things up before November.