Thursday, September 26, 2013

Should I Do NanoWriMo This Year?

Like any writer I've heard of NanoWriMo, a tortured abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. Every November writers pledge to attempt the writing of a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Although my novels are all three times that length, I am thinking that the challenge would be a good way to get a big start on my next project.

Over the years, I've been in the 10,000 to 20,000 words a month league. Because of I've written daily more or less for 16 years I never really felt the urge to jump on the NanoWriMo bandwagon. I didn't need the motivation. But as I feel more and more dedicated to my writing career I am starting to think that it could be a good challenge. If I could get 50,000 words into a new novel in one month I would be well on my way to producing another novel by spring.

Now I just need to figure out what that next novel is about. I assume I'm allowed to decide on the nature of the project before November. It takes weeks of daydreaming and soul searching to decide on the subject matter of a new novel.

What do you think? Should I sign up and make my success or failure a matter of public record?