I finally picked a NaNoWriMo project


I’ve been going back and forth on my options for NaNoWriMo this year for months. This month I finally settled on a single project.

I’m going to be continuing the 3rd draft of The Dreams next month. If you’ve been around this blog for a while, you’re probably used to hearing this by now. This is my go-to project for most NaNo events. I’ve been making progress bit-by-bit with the draft and NaNoWriMo is a great excuse/source of motivation to focus on it again.

I feel like I need to be producing new content and a rewrite or new draft doesn’t really count as new in my mind. What do you think? Is a complete rewrite worthy of being considered new?

Now that I’ve settled on working on this 3rd draft, it should be obvious I’m rebelling again. Labeling myself a rebel used to bother me. I worried I was going against the spirit of NaNo. These days I know better.

There’s nothing wrong with doing something different for NaNoWriMo. I do think it is worthwhile to start a brand new project and reach 50k at least once during NaNo, but that doesn’t have to happen every year.

This will be my 14th year participating. I’m sure there are people that have started with a brand new draft every years 14 years in a row, but that’s not for me. I’d love to start from zero on November 1 again, but I’m writing all year and the stars need to align for that to happen. I’ve done a traditional NaNoWriMo and won. I’ve rebelled and won. At this point, I just want to write 50k every November with the energy and support of the community to motivate me.

Have you picked a project for NaNoWriMo? I’d love to hear about it!

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5 thoughts on “I finally picked a NaNoWriMo project

  1. I’m excited about the story I’m going to do for NaNo. It’s basically the backstory for one of my side characters all fleshed out. I’ve been wanting to do it for some time now and I’m finally going to do it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. I’ve written in the same book for half of my time in NaNoWriMo, and last year started on the second book. I get where you’re coming from with the “new” argument, and it is nice to start a new project outside of that world. But in the end, it’s all about the story/world you’re passionate about and where you want to be in for the next month. There’s no shame in staying with the same story and re-writing or drafting as long as you’re having fun ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck on your NaNo travels!

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    • Thanks! Good luck with your writing too.

      I definitely miss the freedom that comes from starting a brand new project for NaNoWriMo, but I just can’t afford to drop all my ongoing projects for a month to play with something new 1 to 3 times a year.

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