Verdict: Officially Unofficially Participating
I am going to do my own version of NaNo again this year. It might in the end be 50,000 words, but I don’t care so much about the numbers so much as I care about the completions. Here are my three goals:
Finish my novel’s roughest draft.
Go back to the scenes that need rewriting, and draft the new versions.
Write the Christmas story (novella) that’s been percolating in my mind for a couple months now. (This is a revision of my previous thinking, which was to write one or both of the novellas connected to the novel during NaNo. Instead I want (1) to get a change of pace, (2) to do something seasonal since Christmas stories are so big in the romance community, and (3) to avoid the necessity of revising two stories if something changes in the novel in revisions that would affect the connected stories.)
If I can accomplish these three things in the month of November, then I will consider myself to have won NaNo 2012, even if it only takes 30,000 words to accomplish it all.
By default of having too damn much else going on in my life right now, I can definitely say I wont be working on my novel again until November 1.
In the next few days I am going to plot out the novella. I know the beginning point and the ending point, but not the parts in between—as always in a romance. I would like to be able to publish it during December, but obviously that will very much depend on the execution that happens in November and how much revision it needs after drafting.
Right now I am undecided whether to finish the novel first or jump into something new for the novelty of it and go back to the novel after, when it’s new again, but I am not sure.
The main thing is that I have been stalled out, stuck in neutral, for what feels like ages, and I am thus going to try and harness the energy and momentum of NaNoWriMo to overcome my current inertia of stillness.
Best of luck to all my fellows out there giving the steep goals of NaNoWriMo a go this year!