NaNo Novel

Last night, I decided which story I would tell in my second attempt at writing a novel.  I was debating between two ideas: the first is a kind of period piece set in the early 1970s; the second is a time travel story.  I’m super-excited about the second idea, but the amount of research it will take is enormous and I don’t feel like I have the time for that.  I need to learn how to write a novel and so I’m sticking with the first idea–which is the idea I had come up with when finishing NaNoWriMo last year, and what I had planned to do all along.  It requires substantially less research, and is of signifcantly smaller scope.  Interestingly, whereas last year I attempted a science fiction novel, this year’s story is not science fiction, strictly speaking, but instead a novel about a science fiction writer.  Like last year, I’ll start it during NaNoWriMo and then continue it through the end of the year and into next year until the first draft is done. 

Then I’ll decide what to do next.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.