I’m doing NaNoWriMo next month!
I’ve participated every year since 2006, and I just love the positive, energetic atmosphere I can dive into every November. The community is great online and offline. Sprints, write-ins, the forums, Twitter… I love it all.
Sometimes I win. Sometimes I lose. I always have a great time.
After a number of years trying to write 50,000 words in a month I’ve notice a pattern in my successes and failures. I win two years and then I lose for the next two years. According to this pattern I’m due to win this year. I’d like to keep the pattern going. (I can worry about breaking the pattern in 2016!)
So far I have a couple characters for a novel and no idea what to do with them. With only a few weeks to go I am seriously considering being a rebel and continuing to write The Dreams. At least I have a plan with The Dreams. I’ve tried pantsing in the past and I usually do very well in the beginning, lose my momentum, and without an idea of where to go next I’m just adrift at sea for the rest of the month.
At the same time, I have a lot more invested in The Dreams than some random project I could easily turn into a train wreck without breaking my heart. I would probably write with more care if I decided to write The Dreams for NaNo. 1,667 words can take a long time to write if I want to make them count.
Then again, I can always fix the silly parts later. First drafts are supposed to be awful. First drafts can be fixed, but unwritten words can’t be fixed.
I’m all over the place with my thoughts regarding NaNo right now. I’m sure I’ll decide on something before November 1, but what do you think I should do?