November Ideas

It’s still August and I’m thinking of November… usually, I don’t think this far ahead. I usually plan my life about month at a time. Anyway, since the behemoth outline of XIII is nearly done, that led me to plan what kind of writing projects I want to work on next. Obviously, now that XIII’s outline is almost finished, I’ll actually be writing the story, and no matter how hard I try, XIII usually takes up the majority of my writing time. But the thing is, I want to do NaNoWriMo for November. There is no way XIII will be completely finished by November 1. I could write 4,000 words a day and I couldn’t make that deadline.

I could rebel and write 50,000 words of XIII for NaNoWriMo (the “rules” state that you’re supposed to begin a new story), which is probably more than I’d average during any other month.

Or I could split the 50,000 word count goal up between XIII and one of the other stories I’ve been dying to write. On some levels, this idea would be great; I wouldn’t have to completely postpone writing XIII, and I could also start a new story (which wouldn’t be finished by November 30). But on another level, two stories at once might be too overwhelming for me at that time, even though the word count for each would be significantly lower. (25,000 words in each story, divided by 30, would be about 833 words in each story every day. But no matter how you divide it, it’s still about 1,667 words per day.)

Or I could take a break from writing XIII for November, but that’s my least favorite idea because I really want to get XIII finished already. It’s like having an adult child who won’t pay rent, yet refuses to leave the house.

Or (and this would probably be the sanest choice) I could sit out and not do NaNo this year, which would make me sad because I’ve done it every year since 2008 and it’s become somewhat of a tradition. It would enable me to put my full effort into XIII, which I haven’t really been able to do for a long time.

Hmm… decisions, decisions. I suppose I’ll wait until maybe early October before I make up my mind about what I want to do. The lightbulb might just click on between now and then.

One thought on “November Ideas

  1. I would’ve recommended sitting out NaNoWriMo, but then you had to bring up the whole, “I’ve done it every year since 2008,” and the nostalgic/ritualistic part of me wants you to keep doing it! But the one-project-at-a-time side of me says to focus on XIII and get ‘er done – sitting out NaNoWriMo to write sounds noble enough. I can’t decide either, & I’m not even the one bound to the decision! At least, as you said, you don’t have to decide anytime soon.


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