I"m sure I'm not the only person in the bloguniverse that is writing about this and I know I certainly won't be the last. What am I referring to?
I wasn't going to sign up this year. I did it last year and after about writing 30k, cut half of what I wrote and never finished. I know, I know. First drafts suck. But, I kind of, sort of got lost in that draft. I didn't plan anything out. My idea was there but the execution was awful...so awful that I couldn't finish the first draft.
But, if you've been following me for any length of time, you know that I'm not one to give up very easily. I make take some breaks to regroup, but that is only that...regrouping.
So, for this NaNoWriMo, I have a brand new shiny idea. I've been hesitant to start it though because I'm been working on my other story....well, er...I was working on my other story. I haven't written anything in well over a month though because I've been stuck, stuck, stuck! But, last week I had the opportunity to talk to Jeri Smith-Ready at the Arcadia YA Panel that Frankie held. And she said something to me that made me that really made sense...actually, I had said it to myself before, but because she said it (I mean, it is Jeri who is one of my all-time favorite authors) I listened. She said, "Who said you can't stop writing the current draft to start another one? You can do whatever you want."
There are no rules. I don't have an agent. I don't have deadlines. I can do whatever I want. I haven't given up on my other story. It's on the backburner. So, I figured I'd give NaNoWriMo one more try with my new idea.
It will be a challenge because in this novel I'll have to kill people. And again, if you've been following me for any length of time, you'll know that I have a hard time making bad things happen to my characters. I want everyone to be happy and healthy and wise. My character is also a strong female character, as in literally kicking butt and taking names, sort of character which is different for me too. I tend to write my MCs as the sort who needs to be rescued. I know, I know. People like strong female characters. But, not everyone. I'm the sort who likes to be rescued. I like the whole white knight thing.
Only time will tell how I'll do this year, considering the fact that once again I haven't plotted. I know the general story, but that's about it. I just plan on making this story as bloody as possible. Mainly to prove to myself that I can.
I'll be posting my stats on here, every Friday. And, if I don't, please bug me on Twitter or shoot me an email asking me--hold me accountable. It is TOO easy for me to let my
Anyone else doing NaNoWriMo? If you are, GOOD LUCK!