Wednesday, October 17, 2012

To NaNo or Not to NaNo?

NaNoWriMo starts in just about 15 days, give or take, but I am still undecided. I have at four three ideas for projects I could do, if I really felt like it, but... Do I feel like it?

The issue is, I'm becoming a little less RAWR, I think. I mean, I've written things, and they've been published. I did NaNo. Twice. That mountain, she has been climbed. So, do I feel like climbing it again?

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, NaNoWriMo is "National Novel Writing Month," during which writers attempt to write a novel (50k) in one month (November). It's a challenge, and can be quite fun - all that guerrilla-style marathon writing, which forces you to lose a lot of your inhibitions. It can also be quite productive. My latest novel, Textbook Romance, was my NaNo project in 2010, so that was time fairly well spent.

Yet, there are a number of other things I could (should?) be doing this winter, including preparing for my monster teaching term starting in January. Plus, I might not be in a place where I have the same motivation and clear mental direction to enjoy it. I say enjoy it, because ten to one, I'm stubborn enough that if I sign up for it, I will do it. That's just how I roll - and another reason I shouldn't start it unless I really want to.

So, we'll see. I have a few more days to think about it. Nevertheless, I hope to have some NaNo-related guests in November, whether I take the jump or not, and I salute the participants!

2 comments:

Holley Trent said...

I'm not feeling very RAWR myself, but it's been a busy year so I guess I'm entitled to that. If I were to count up how many total words I've had contracted this year, I'd probably just nap until January 1. Hard cranking it out, trying to stay high up in the new release lists. *sigh*

I need to finish two more novels this year, and I figure next year I can ease up and actually go to some conferences and more in-person promotion.

Without NaNo this year I'd probably just vegetate and I caaaaaan't yet.

Anne Holly said...

Yes, if I had a pressing deadline, that might help. But I've completed all my obligations, so perhaps I just need the rest. Or maybe this squid is just out of ink.

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