NaNoWriMo and my indecision

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?

19 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo and my indecision

  1. I’ll also be doing NaNo this year as well! πŸ™‚ Yay! Last year, I didn’t get a chance to, but I’m going to try again. I really some motivation so I can finish this story I’ve been working on for ages. Good luck sweetie!

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  2. Thanks for subbing to my blog, Bridgett. You’ve been doing NaNo a lot longer than I have. I started around 2009. Thought I had worn out NaNo and skipped 2013, but there’s always a reason to come back. Each year, I learn a little more from it. I’m just in the process of setting up a weekly word count goal, something I’ve never done before. I’d like to get most of the writing done in the first two weeks and be able to lay back a little when I’m starting to feel physically burned out.

    Best of luck to everyone.

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    • Every year I tell myself that I will write as much as possible the first week to give myself a buffer later in the month, but I’m an awful procrastinator so every year I do most of my writing in the final week. One of these years I will actually manage to write 25k in the first week. Maybe it will happen this year. πŸ™‚

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      • I do a lot of procrastinating, which is one reason I like to write as much as possible while my enthusiasm and energy are still high. By the end of the month, all I want to do is crank out the ending and forget about NaNo. I did it in 25 days last year, but I also only wrote about 52,000 words. Hope to do a lot better this year. I got kind of addicted to watching my stats go up on my NaNo page, and watching my target line in Scrivener turn from red to orange to yellow, and gradually to green. It was the first time I set targets and it really helped.

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  3. If you’re enjoying and progressing well then why not stick with that? But if you feel you need a break from it then do something fun. It’s only a month after all. And you could still do bits of writing for your current project too.

    Good luck with NaNo!

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  4. My first NaNo was also in 2006! And I have done it every year since then. I can’t believe this will be my tenth year! I didn’t win my first two times but I have managed to win the last seven, so I’m hoping to maintain my streak. Some years it’s definitely more of a challenge than others. Sometimes I end up loving my story and other times I can’t get into it and writing just feels like a chore. But I’m hoping this year will be one of the good ones. πŸ™‚ I’ve rebelled with NaNo a couple times and used it to work on things I’ve already started, and it worked out okay … but usually I’ve found that I have a better time with new ideas that I start from scratch. No matter what you choose, I wish you the best!

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  5. I’m going to attempt NaNo this year although I don’t know if it’s sensible as I have assignments due. I’ve done it on and off since 2005 and my experiences vary. See which idea captures you on the first of November. No point writing something you can’t keep up the whole month.

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