Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you know what NaNoWriMo is since it seems to be everywhere in internet-land. Just in case, though, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Participants sign up and endeavor to write 50,000 words on a new novel in the month of November. It’s a fluffy of fun, stress, and writing.
I did NaNoWriMo last year, and while I didn’t technically “win”, I ended up with a complete manuscript. It was a lot of fun and I’ve always liked a challenge, but I’ve been going back and forth on if I want to participate this year.
My Current Writing Status:
The main reason I’m iffy on participating this year is because I’m in the middle of a WIP we’ll just call by it’s code name right now, Heroes and Villains. I’ve been working on the rough draft of this story since August, and I’ve been writing A LOT. It normally takes me around 3 months to create a finished first draft, so I thought I could write this draft and then move to something new for NaNo while giving this story time to breathe.
Sounds good, right? Well, it would be. Except, the thing is. . . Heroes and Villains is a long story. Like, way longer than I thought it would be. So far every completed manuscript I’ve written was YA, and I’ve learned I tend to draft around 70K for a first draft, especially since I rarely use subplots in the very first draft. But Heroes and Villains isn’t YA. It’s also science fiction, and it follows 3 different groups of people. It’s a lot of story, which means that right now I’m at 85K and not even anywhere near the conclusion. I won’t be done by November 1st.
Of course, I could always take a break from Heroes and Villains to draft something new, but I really love these characters so I’m not sure I want to, even while my brain says I could use a break. Thus, my current dilemma.
My Potential NaNo Project:
I don’t like to go too in-depth with my writing projects before they’re done, but IF I were to do NaNo this year, I’m really excited about the project I picked. I already have a lot of the story in my head, which normally doesn’t happen(I am definitely a pantser). It’s a YA paranormal story that deals with souls, physic abilities, and organized crime. I wanted to explore the concepts of things like selling your soul(and just souls in general, because it’s an interesting thing to explore in fiction), and then the idea came to add in a thriller component. It would be a fun story to work on. Right now it’s code title is Organized Soul Crime(the beauty of working titles is they can be terrible, and simply descriptive).
So the question remains. . . to NaNoWriMo or not to NaNoWriMo? Here are my pros and cons for my personal participation this year:
- New story! As much as I have loved immersing myself into the world of Heroes and Villains(it has my FAVORITE character I’ve ever written and I sincerely hope I get to introduce him to the world some day), my brain has been knee-deep in an apocalyptic future for awhile. It could use a change of gears, especially since I’m definitely starting to stall out.
- Community! My town has a pretty active NaNoWriMo group from what I’ve gathered. There’s that, plus the online community. I remember that was one of my favorite parts of NaNoWriMo last year.
- Accomplishment. I am stubborn & I like a challenge. I can admit it.
- My idea would take me back to writing YA, which is definitely where I feel most comfortable.
- I’m kinda in love with the premise of what I want to write.
- I’m afraid of taking myself out of the world of Heroes and Villains. Like I said above, I am stalling a little bit. I’m still making progress, but I’m in the thick of the story now and I need some ideas of bridging from point B to point C. Taking a break could be great for the story. . . or it could be terrible, because I’m not about to abandon 85K of story.
- I’m not sure I’m in the right head space to make time for NaNoWriMo this year. I know I have the time, and I can make it if I want, but I’m not sure I can.
- I don’t really need the motivation, because I already write on a pretty regular schedule. I don’t write everyday, but I do write enough to normally get 70-90K in 3 months, which is a good timetable for me.
- NaNoWriMo starts TOMORROW. It’s a bit of a panicky time to make this choice for me. I’d normally would have liked to prepare earlier.
So the question remains. . . to NaNoWriMo or not to NaNo? Knowing me, I’ll probably make a decision on November 2nd. But hey, at least it will be a challenge if I really do decide to go for it this year! For those of you planning to participate in NaNoWriMo–what are you working on this year? Anyone still on the fence like me?