NaNoWriMo Looms

A big question for me this year is whether or not I am going to do NaNoWriMo.

Last year was my tenth year participating in National Novel Writing Month. I ended up with a 100,000 word novel draft in hand, and it would be hard to top that. So why try?

I also don’t have anything new to work on. In point of fact, this year’s progress on A Turquoise Song has been slower than I wanted so what I should be doing is finishing the second draft for that rather than finding a new story to write.

On the other hand, November seems to be the only time of the year when I can successfully make writing a priority. The lack of words this summer feels like it was less disastrous than last year’s word drought because it was more conscious, but still – I continue to struggle to find a way to write consistently, and the energy of November’s literary frenzy is very helpful in getting things going again.

The downside to NaNoWriMo is burnout, though. The long work last year was actually less exhausting than other year’s efforts which were harder to get to the end of, but still – it wears you out. I hurried the ending of the 2013 book because I knew I could not continue to write in December.

These are the arguments and counter-arguments that are spinning around in my head at the moment.

But who am I kidding? Of course I am going to do NaNoWriMo. I will use the time to continue the second draft of Song.

The one constraint is that I am going to aim for only 50,000 words this year. The 75k, 80k and 100k splurges are pretty cool, but I have proved I can do that.

What I need to do now is prove that I can turn a splurge into a book.

2 Replies to “NaNoWriMo Looms”

  1. Kim says:

    Best of luck! I like that idea of turning a splurge into a book. I am still thinking I’m not going to do NaNo this year, but I may take up your goal of turning at least one of my splurges into a book.

  2. Ian says:

    I think you have the right idea. You’ve done the marathon of sprints – nothing to prove and little left to accomplish there. I’d like to read Song, and so it’s in my best interest to encourage you toward making it a real live book. Do that.

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