It’s October which means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for those that don’t know) is right around the corner. Next month to be precise. The past few years I’ve thought momentarily about participating, but for various reasons decided I didn’t have the time. Last year, my brothers were visiting for a good portion of November, so I knew I wouldn’t get much NoWri done that Mo. This year, however, I have a pretty clear calendar for November (aside from work, Thanksgiving, a couple of birthdays–nothing unusual), so I am giving it serious thought. Also, I freely admit that reading and really enjoying CINDER (I’m talking hot contender for Book of the Year right now), and finding out that Marissa Meyer wrote the first draft as a NaNoWriMo project (and wrote 150,000 words!), encourages me to think seriously about participating. Not that I’ll write anything close to the quality of CINDER, but I’m encouraged by the thought that such awesomeness is possible.
My initial idea for this year was to cheat a little. I have a WIP that I’ve started, but needs a lot more work. The idea I had was to use NaNoWriMo to finish it, or at least make significant progress on it. My plan was to write at least 50,000 new words, picking up from where I last left off. So it wouldn’t be a complete cheat, but perhaps bending the rules a little.
But then I had another thought: why not just start over? While I like what I have already, it’s by no means the best. In its current form, I doubt it would survive the editing process. This way, I get a second chance to make it closer to what I want. And if I get to November 30th with 50,000 words written, I’ll be really happy. I’ve been chewing on this WIP for over a year now (as you know if you’re a regular to this blog), and I’m anxious to write, edit, CP-review (I’m in the market for CPs, btw–more on that later), and query it. Also, I have other projects waiting patiently in the wings that need my attention.
So right now, I am strongly considering NaNoWriMo-ing this year. My blog hasn’t been the most active (RTW, Sunday Devotional, Sunday School Notes… I know, predicable… *yawwwn*), and if I do NaNo, that might not change much. Though I’d probably post some updates, which might make things a little more interesting on the blog (yay!).
If you want to know about the story I would be working on for NaNoWriMo, check out the WIP tab. Feel free to use the comments to let me know if you plan to NaNoWriMo this year, or to cheer me on, offer advice, warnings, etc.
On a different note, I meant to say something on Wednesday but forgot: last Wednesday’s Road Trip Wednesday was my 400th blog post. Just for those that like to know that kind of thing. Like me.