Thursday, 26 October 2017

To NaNoWriMo or Not NaNoWriMo...

That is the question.
It's a question that I've been debating throughout October. 
Do I take part in the writing challenge which consists of writing a rough first draft - around 50,000 words - of a novel in a single month.
It should be an easy answer. 
I should say, 'hell no!'. 
I'm not a fast writer.
I don't do well with pressure. 
I write slowly as the mood strikes and work on whatever I am in the mood to work on.
Focused pressure cooker writing on one piece of work doesn't fit my style and wouldn't work for me.
However, my 'style' of writing isn't getting me very far either.
I have three books in progress of which one - the re-work of Something Wicked - is almost finished.
Two of those books in progress - Something Wicked and Carpe Diem - have covers begging to be let loose in the world.
I need to push myself. 
I need to finish those books and crack on with my other WIP.
I have ideas bubbling away for more books... Maybe a writing challenge wouldn't be such a bad thing?
I really don't know.
I guess there is no harm in trying, right?
Plus, I could twist the writing challenge my way. 
I could write whatever I'm in the mood to write with the goal of adding a collective 50k words to my works in progress throughout November. 
It's not exactly 'write a novel in a month' but it would move me on considerably if I managed it.
It would instil the discipline I so desperately need to sit down and write EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
I can't really lose by joining up... It's not like someone will come along and beat me with a stick before yanking my 'writer' card if I fail. 
To be honest, there is no fail associated with me taking a serious stab at NaNoWriMo with the goal of adding 50,000 words to my WIP. The only fail would be not trying to do anything. Any gains to any of my novels is a big plus.
I think in writing this post I may have just talked myself into signing up for NaNoWriMo!

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