To Nano or not Nano? That’s the question!

nanowrimo_2_w_thumb[7]Since 2009 I have been faithfully participating in NaNoWrimo. For those who don’t know what that is, NaNoWrimo is the challenge to write a novel of a minimum of 50,000 words in the 30 days of the month of November. This challenge has meant a lot to my writing career.

During NaNoWrimo I wrote the first draft of my first publish novel, “The Road Home” and my soon to be published (Oct 1st) “ A Brother’s Vow” In this last one there’s a particular line that I got from one of my Nano friends at a moment where the muse was stuck. It’s a phrase that every time I hear it still makes me laugh. “Having a fetish for midget in spandex…”  Thanks Loki.  You would have to read the book to figure out the context.

So this year, I have some challenges to take into consideration.  I have a book launch a month prior to Nano, which I’ve done before, but have proven to be quite stressful. I have more responsibilities this year in my life than in my prior years of participation.  My main Nano support buddy has moved out of town and I won’t be able to be motivated by his sense of competitiveness. Thanks Mattkinsi.

At the same time, I know I enjoy the process so much. NaNoWrimo is my Super Bowl, my World Series. I enjoy the adrenaline rush of

Super Bowl XII
Super Bowl XII (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

pushing myself to write, write and write.  I’ve thought that I don’t necessarily have to start a new project. Although I did meet my 50,000 word quota in my project from last year, “The Adulteress”, the book is far from finished, so I could use Nano this year to write the next 50,000 words.

Who know? I have until Oct 31st at midnight to make up my mind.  Anyone else trying to make this decision as well?

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