Some September Thoughts on NaNoWriMo 2019

How is it already September? I swear we were about to start July CampNaNoWriMo a minute ago. Time really does fly when you’re trying to juggle more projects than you really should.

I’m already late to start my planning for NaNoWriMo. Usually, I at least know what I’ll be doing by August. Some years I even decided on my project during the previous year’s event. This year I’m just not sure what I want to do.

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There is something I want to do before November. I need to finish writing Inbetween by then. This story has gone on for long enough and it’s taken me years to write. I’m at the point where I’m ready to wrap it up and tuck it into a drawer for a while. Once I have some distance, I’m sure my fond feelings for it will come back, but right now thinking about it just leaves me exhausted.

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When one project is wrapping up, I usually have another waiting to jump up and take its place. This time I have two projects waiting in the wings.

My rewrite of The Dreams has been on the back burner the past few months while I try to drag Inbetween to the finish line. Draft 3 of The Dreams will be the next story posted here after Inbetween, but I will be taking a hiatus from posting serial chapters here until I have the full draft written. This is mostly an attempt to get back a bit of my sanity since I’ve caught up to my writing too many times with Inbetween and I don’t need to perpetuate that kind of stress in the future.

I’ve been itching to get started on my next new serial as well. It’s about witches and as the seasons change I find myself more and more eager to write something magical, spooky and more than a little bit witchy. I have a lot of planning I want to do for this serial before I can start writing. The characters and setting need to be thoroughly planned out and understood before I can begin writing since I will be using tarot to help form the plot. I need to understand the nuances of my characters and their environment to properly interpret the cards.

Both of these projects are easily contenders for NaNoWriMo this year. Doing both sounds ideal, but I know how I work. I’d get nowhere fast with both of them if I tried. I need to pick one and stick with it until the end of the month.

But which one is the right fit for NaNoWriMo?

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I’m not ready to decide yet. Maybe I’ll know next week. Maybe I’ll decide once I write the final chapter of Inbetween. I might even do something I’ve never done before and let me mood decide at 11:59 pm on October 31.

Whatever happens, I’ll be sharing more of my thoughts as NaNoWriMo approaches so stay tuned!

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