Saturday, September 11, 2010

NaNoWriMo? Anyone?

Folks, I am considering joining up for NaNoWriMo for November 2010, which challenges writers to complete a new 50,000 word novel in one month... Am I insane?

Pros:
  • I have finished my paranormal erotic in draft, and now have to do my holiday novella for October, which means my planned full length novel (of 60,000-65,000 words) will be done entirely (aside from the 1,400 prologue I did in August and the outlines) in November and December, anyway, so I can start my winter 2011 full length project on time in January 2011. (I would, of course, not include the already written prologue in the 50,000 words for November, and just start with Chapter One.)
  • NaNoWriMo would force me to write the rough draft in November (so I can then edit/re-write in December) in a way that makes the panic somewhat fun.
  • Deadlines are good, and since this novel has no publisher yet, it would be useful to have a fire under me. Otherwise, I might falter.
  • I can encourage donations to a worthy cause.
  • I think I can do it, as it is reasonable to assume I can aim for 1k per day, with at least one or two days a week resulting in 4-5k. (This has been my average so far.) Ergo, 30 days x 1k + (4 days x 5k) = 50k, give or take.
  • There's no loss if I don't make it, other than Pride Wounds.

Cons:
  • I have a toddler, so any formal obligation is hard to commit to.
  • I am anxious about what kind of quality writing NaNoWriMo usually produces.
  • I have a toddler.
  • I dislike Pride Wounds.
  • I have a toddler.
  • I would be forced to wait until Nov 1 to get back to the full length if I made this commitment, even if I finished the holiday novella well before that. (Though, this might leave me time to squeeze in another short, or even take a little break to work on non-fiction stuff.)
  • I have a toddler.
  • I already have 1,400 words (towards a 60k novel) - is this against the rules?
  • I have a toddler.

So... any thoughts?

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