Not this year. I had been planning to do it – I’ve done it pretty much every year since 2004 and two of my three published novels have been written during NaNovember, but this year…
I’m currently writing Lilly’s Wish and, though I planned to have finished it by now, freeing up my time to NaNo, I, um, haven’t.
But even when I thought I may finish it in time, the thought of NaNo gave me a smidge of a sinking feeling. One of the best things about finishing a book – for me – is that I then give myself a month or so off to read and do other things without having the constant ‘But you haven’t written anything today, have you?’ nagging to deal with.
I have a couple of books that I’ve started and need to either finish or rewrite/edit before I start something new.
Although I’ve always enjoyed just throwing myself into a book and writing writing writing without having a clue where it’s going – and that, for me, is the joy of NaNoWriMo – I feel like I need to try something a bit different. A change is as good as a rest and all that.
So instead of NaNoWriMo, I’m going to attempt to work my way through the Guardian’s How to Write a Book in 30 Days supplement (extracted from First Draft in 30 Days by Karen Wiesner). I’m going to do it for a book I’ve already started, but feel needs some structure: Rebecca Hearts Paris (working title!) and I’ll try to blog about it along the way.
Are you doing NaNo this year? Have you tried the First Draft in 30 Days method? Are you a panster or a plotter? Enquiring minds need to know.