What happened last time I tried Nano?
1) I loved it
2) The story got really weird by the time I was hitting the end, and that made me stall.
3) I chose something off of my main world, and as such, I think the characters had even more control than usual.
So what am I thinking of doing differently?
Rewriting an old story. Ten years ago I finished the rough draft of my first novel. While the writing and storyline eventually led the thing to live on a shelf, I've kind of built up a history for Don-Yin. Recently, that history has changed. I see it as one long story--something that each book, series, short story and vignette plays a part in exploring.
When one element changes along the way, I hit dominoes through the preset timeline. It breathes new life into old ideas, and lets a story that went stale 10 years ago return as something completely different.
So I think I'm going to let Arrelle have another try at it. I will certainly plan thin gs out this time. Though, to be fair, much of it already is.
Her story and my current WIP is headed for a collision course, so I don't think working on both at the same time will be too much.