Yuop! November is just around the corner and it is that time of the year again and for the first time since I have started participating in Nanowrimo I am at a loss… The realisation that I am yet to actually reach 50 000 words or complete a project has hit me like a super punch in the face and I find myself wondering whether starting a fresh project is worth it if I have so many unfinished projects buried somewhere on my computer.
For the first time, I am feeling bleak about November and think that perhaps I should change my approach to the challenge. I am a planner by nature so every year I use October to plan and outline the novel I hope to finish in November. I normally do so much planning that by the time I actually have to write my creativity is depleted.
In order to fix both this problem and the one mention before I have decided that I will use what is left on October to start editing and rewriting Dust and Dawn, the fantasy novel that was my Nanowrimo 2015 project. I really need to read everything I wrote last year and figure out what isn’t working. I suspect that it isn’t working because subconsciously I keep trying to write the novel I think other people want to read instead of writing the novel I want to read. And that, of course, brings me to the question of what it is I want to read. I don’t know how to answer that just yet, but I am going to have to figure it out if I want to move forward.
I am going to use this Nanowrimo as an experiment. When the 1st November comes around I will start a new project with minimal planning. I want this project to develop organically as I write. I don’t want to think about this project, I just want it to flow in November. All I know is that it is going to have middle-eastern mythology influence, and it is going to be loosely based on Sinbad.
For me, the point of Nanowrimo is to push yourself to finish the first draft and even though I didn’t get close to completing a full draft last year, I did get very close to 50 000 with 39932 words. Hopefully this year I will reach my goal and get one step closer to being published. That is the ultimate goal.
Let me know if you’re planning on participating, and what your plan of action looks like.