Last year's story only told half of the story I had planned, so I was originally planning on doing a sequel. But now I don't want to. I was happy to leave it where it finished. In fact, the story I ended up telling started off being just the introduction to the story I first envisioned telling. It's funny how things turn out sometimes!
I need to come up with something else. That doesn't need to be hard, I've always got lots of ideas, I just need ideas plus inspiration. And a bit of interest developed in the subject matter.
So instead, I've come up with a completely different and very stupid idea that will have me doing almost everything differently to how I did it (successfully) last year.
I've been playing around with the Mythic Game Master Emulator (demo here and yahoo group here) for my role playing games this year and I am considering using that to completely "wing it". The GME book says this:
Finally, Mythic: GME can be used as a writing tool. The architecture that creates dynamic adventures is really an automated story-telling system. It will work just as well without any games or formalized characters attached. Just set the scene, ask some questions, and start writing.
If it works the way I see it, I could just come up with a general concept (or even make one randomly) and then use the system and appropriately phrased questions to let the plot work itself out.
Some years ago, I did some rough outlines of an alternate-history Earth. Very little of it got detailed, but the setting has a reasonably defined place in my mind. The idea of writing a novel set there, and having the Mythic Fate chart to help me flesh it out really appeals to me.
I'll keep you informed as to how it goes...