The title says it all: in less than one month, I will be doing NaNoWriMo for the first time in four years.
That's right. For some strange reason, I have not tried to write 50,000 words in 30 days since I "won" back in 2009!
- November 2009: My first NaNoWriMo. I finished RICE FLOWER MEMOIRS.
- November 2010: I was busy with a new job and with writing PPP. I had gotten agent interest earlier that year from my blog, and wanted to finish the book so I could submit.
- November 2011: I was working on a revise-and-resubmit request for PPP, and had also just started planning/researching FOTL.
- August 2012: I knew November would be a busy month, so I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo. It helped me write the first 35,000 words of ELEGY!
And now, here I am. It's early October. PPP is being queried. ELEGY is about to be, as well. And I'm twiddling my thumbs, unable to come up with an excuse not to do NaNo.
I have so many projects to work on. ANCHOR ISLAND and GARDENSPELL both have several chapters written, and then there's FOTL, still waiting in the wings, and SEAWALL, of which I have written exactly three and a half scenes.
That's why I felt guilty about pushing them all aside for this brand-new story, an idea that hit me earlier this year and is fresh and exciting and new. But it's calling my name and I can't ignore it, and I have to ride the wave of inspiration while it lasts. There's a good chance this story could be finished in November (or at least the majority of it will be written), and it's just too attractive an opportunity to pass up.
I'm not going to share too much about it at this time, besides what is already on my NaNoWriMo page (click here) and my Pinterest board (click here), but suffice it to say that I am REALLY excited!
My schedule can be crazy, so I won't kill myself trying to get to 50K. I think 25K is a good number and I'm sure I can beat it. The pressure is scary (even though it's just coming from myself), but I know that it will help me write and I can't pass up the chance to maybe get another book done this year!
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? Have you done it before and has it helped you?