Can I hold out?

It’s almost October – which means we’re one month from November and National Novel Writing Month.

And I am desperate to start my new project.

Can I wait until November? Will this burning need to get words on the page and finish the story wait?

I really do not know.

I’ve got a bunch of friends who want me to do the challenge with them, and yeah, it would be fun, but I don’t need the challenge to write – I know I am more than capable of getting that many words out in around that much time when I am in my normal writing state. I know that when I’m working on a project I’m writing every day until it’s done (other than for really good reasons). So it’s not like I need the incentive, but there is something joyous about writing with a bunch of other people.

Is that enough to prevent me from starting this next novel before November? I guess we’ll see. I have plenty of things that could distract me from it, but when it comes down to it I can already feel those first paragraphs building in my mind. I can vividly remember the end of the last novel and I know what comes next – despite the fact that it’s been about 10 1/2 months since I finished it and I haven’t looked at it since.

It’s calling to me, and the intensity of that call is only going to build. These characters are chomping at the bit to get in the limelight again….

Ah well, time will tell πŸ˜‰ And if I can’t wait, then sorry friends! lol I’ll still be writing in November, even if it’s not the month I started the novel in πŸ˜‰


8 thoughts on “Can I hold out?”

  1. Must…stop…from writing…NaNo…

    My problem is that I have a really kewl concept I’m developing. But it’s not what I have planned for NaNo. I want to revisit the thing I wrote the last 2 NaNo’s and complete it. The problem with that of course is that it’s nowhere as developed as the new idea. Decisions, decisions…

    I’m also wondering if I can do a double-nano: 1 WIP in the morning and another the rest of the day.

    1. you’re keen! lol by double nano do you mean 100K in the month? or just working on two novels at the same time?
      I’ll definately be writing, and I guess thats the main thing right? lol I find it so hard to wait.

  2. JC, why not do some short stories until nano statrs? You can use the same world and the same characters in your shorts and use them to flesh out the characters, develop sub-plots, and elaborate your world. I’ve done this from time to time and it’s a really fun way to prepare for a book.

    1. I have a bunch of short stories that need finishing…. and I am going to attempt to work on those this month while I plan the novel out. But it is just so tempting to dive in… I have written two books about these characters and this one will tie it all up.

  3. Sounds like the words of a girl who hasn’t done NaNo in a while. And look at that, they ARE. You really need to do it with us now. Reign yourself in and wait like a good little wrimo. You know half the fun is the anticipation.

  4. And, by a strange coincidence, the Sunday Quote of the Night on Author Scoop was: “So this is always the key: you have to write the book you love, the book that’s alive in your heart. That’s the one you have to write.” – Lurlene McDaniel

    So go write it!

    Do something else for NaNoWriMo, if you can drag yourself a way from it for a month.

    1. lol no, I won’t be able to drag myself away from it for a month, not a chance!!!
      I still have some reading to do and some preliminary planning before I get started…
      I love how you always seem to be reading something that resonates with what I’m thinking πŸ™‚

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