Ever since Monday’s post, I’ve kept coming back to the notion of doing NaNoWriMo this year. Once the idea was in my head, it has simply refused to leave. So that, combined with the fact I’ve also been getting the occasional encouraging message about it, and a certain degree of “why the hell not”, I’ve decided I’m going to give it a try.
Looking back at some of the things I listed as reasons not to do it, I realize that some of those are only really valid if I let them be. True, like I said, trying to do 50,000 words in 30 days is a lot more wordage than I’ve done in quite some time. But, just because I haven’t, doesn’t mean I can’t and the very fact of trying may help me discover what I am capable of going forward.
And, as for having to decide what to work on for it, in the past few months I’ve done some small fantasy pieces without really having much notion of what to do with them other than post them on here. But I’ve probably spent as much, if not more, time on them than I have on book 3. So my thought is to use NaNoWriMo as a test for this. I’ll either make something out of them, or I’ll get it out of my system and can focus on House in Exile afterward. So this weekend, between what I’ve already got going on, I’ll be doing what I can to thrash out a plan for this.
I will admit that I am a little nervous regarding not allowing myself to get frustrated with my progress (or lack of it) and keeping up with things like my blog schedule and writing reviews. I’m going to do what I can to keep going with those and keep a level head about all of it but also know to cut myself some slack now and then.
Finally, with what I termed my fear of failure; if I don’t make it, who am I failing? The only one judging me will be me. And better to try and not make it than never try at all.
And now, I have a novel to plan….