A week from today is Decision Day. Will my sparkly new novel become my manuscript for my MA? Or will I revert back to my original, intended project?
I'm not sure how I'll decide, but in the meantime I've been writing like a madwoman, trying to get as much of Project Sparkle* written as possible. I imagine comparing two rough drafts, side by side, will make it easier to choose. But the truth is, the more I write of Project Sparkle, the more I can't stop. Has my heart made the decision already? Or maybe I'm just a "love the one you're with" type of girl. At the moment I'm aiming for 40K. I've just passed the 28K mark.
My tutor has encouraged me to let my character build the plot for this novel. I've never worked like this before. Rather than outlining my plot, sorting out key transition moments, points of no return, etc, I'm doing whatever my character wants. I finish a chapter and say, "Okay, what do you do next?" Or to put it another way, I'm in a car with broken headlights, in the middle of the night, without a map, and I've got a 16 year-old with anger-issues behind the wheel with the pedal to the floor.
No wonder I'm having fun. But I do wonder if we're going the right way...
*No need to worry, Project Sparkle has no fairies or pixies or sparkly vampires of any kind. I'm just using the name to replace the descriptor: "sparkly new novel". Actually, the reverse is true, Project Sparkle is pretty grim. Which makes the title even funnier.