NaNoWriMo. The word alone makes me itch to try it!
For the unfamiliar: NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is a challenge for writers to write madly throughout the entire month of November, in hopes of meeting a 50,000 word deadline. For those who are unfamiliar with what 50,000 might mean in terms of effort, it’s a daunting and difficult prospect, though it can be done by the duly diligent.
I love a challenge. Plus, I have an idea, one that may not see the light of day for a while, since it’s wholly different from my current work in progress.
The dilemma? I’m still working on my second draft, steeped in the world I’ve made. Though I’ve made great progress, I’m just far enough from the end that it would be quite the stretch to finish this draft before November. I can’t justify abandoning my project mid-draft, nor do I have the desire to do so. However, maybe it’s precisely the catalyst I need to push through, though I’d never want to sacrifice quality for the sake of a self-imposed deadline¹.
I’m undecided, at this point. Are any of you guys planning to participate? Have you done it before, and if so, how did it influence your current writing habits?
¹Funny. NaNoWriMo itself is a sort of self-imposed deadline, though I see it with a different purpose than everyday writing. NaNo is a chance to tackle a new project, a chance to stretch your diligence muscle, to challenge your focus, to get words down on the page, to inspire confidence that yes, you can do this, if you just stick with it. My current project, though, is in need of quality words at the moment, not mere quantity, the very opposite of writing just to get words down on the page.