I really wanted to join the manic celebration of writing known as NaNoWriMo. I flirted with the idea for a day or two, reminding myself of the crazy exhilaration of finishing a 50k book in the month of November.
I had first done it several years ago with Bad Sex Karma, the book I've been highlighting recently for Six Sentence Sunday. It was the first time I learned I was a pantser, and that writing 2k words a day was a comfortable, and enjoyable, pace. I'd discovered the joy of writing that month, after several years of not writing, and being unhappy that I couldn't be a plotter. And I completed those 50k words, "winning" NaNo the first time out of the gate.
I've tried NaNo a couple other times too. My upcoming contemporary release, I Do. . . or Die, was a NaNo book, but life and the day job conspired to keep me from getting very far with that NaNo experience. And Lord Wastrel, a Regency that I'm finishing, was another "winner" from a couple years ago, although it requires a few k more than the 50 I did that year before it's complete.
So you can see why I have such nostalgia for this event. It's wild and unpredictable and fun, yet it requires devotion and dedication and determination to get that daily word count in, especially when there are times you get a little behind and have to double up to catch up.
On the other hand, there are several projects I want to finish, stories that have waited patiently while they were set aside, and I have no doubt they will let me know of their intense resentment as soon as I return to open their Word doc. (Actually I can feel them glaring at me now, when I haven't even gotten Word up on the computer yet.)
It's possible I can do both. I mean, after editing both I Do. . .or Die AND Back on Track at the same time, I have a new definition of "multitasking" -- not to mention a weird empty feeling just working on one thing at a time.
The projects I'm working on include:
Lord Rakehell's Love -- This novella is nearly complete, and it's the start of my Regency series known as The Curse of True Love, where the Greek goddess Aphrodite tries her hand at matchmaking, with unpredictable results.
Lord Wastrel -- The first full-length book of The Curse of True Love series. I've posted a couple excerpts of it, and the first chapter is included in Lord Midnight.
Driving Miss Crazy -- This is a romantic comedy that I've also posted for Six Sentence Sunday. There's a spirited heroine who's finally ready for some adventure in her life, and a hero who is ready to retire from his adventure-filled life. Their road trip in her convertible is a fun one. In fact, this couple seems to be driving around in my brain quite a lot lately.
Bad Sex Karma -- This contemporary mainly needs revising/editing/polishing, which takes a long time since that process requires a great deal of precision and focused attention.
Now that I've written all of these down, I can definitely see that doing NaNo is not a practical choice. So my plan is to finish up these projects, without jumping in on a new one just because all the fun people get to do it with NaNo.
However, it might just make it more enjoyable to peek in and see what they're doing once in a while. The enthusiasm is contagious, and after all, that's the way writing should be.
Any thoughts on what should move to the top of my To Finish list?