Soooo . . . I’m thinking about doing NaNoWriMo this year. Am I crazy?
For those who don’t know, NaNoWri Mo is a highly-popular online challenge to aspiring novelists. Write 50,000 during the month of November. Don’t worry about tinkering, just move forward. (FYI, Therese interviewed NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty in 2007. NaNo has grown huge since then).
I’ve always had mixed emotions about racing through a draft in a month without stopping to revise. Mostly because the one year I did it, I had to scrap the whole draft. I was focused too heavily on wordcount, and less about actual useable content. So ironically, rather than saving time on the draft, it ended up being a time waster.
What is different this year is that I have a detailed plan for my next WIP (yes, this avowed pantser is changing her spots) and I want to blaze through it. What better time to participate in NaNo?
Anyone else out there interested in NaNoWriMo this year? Past participants, what were some helpful strategies you used to help get you through the challenge? Should I be talked out of this?
Image from the hilarious 101reasonstostopwriting.com.