I have actually attempted NaNoWriMo once before (back in 2007). It did not go well. I simply couldn't let go and write. But some good came out of that experience. A bunch of people in my children's writer's book discussion group signed up for NaNoWriMo, too. I'm not sure if any of us actually succeeded at producing a 50,000 word manuscript that November, but we found we enjoyed writing together. When NaNoWriMo rolled around again the following year, none of us wanted to actually do the official commit-to-writing-a-50,000-word-manuscri
It takes me a long time to write a first draft. Longer than it should. Once I have a draft, I'm a very happy writer because then I have something to work with. I can revise, revise, revise...until my editor tells me I can't revise anymore (and even then I've been known to try and sneak a few extra changes in).
Much as I love revision, you'd think I could spit out a draft quickly just so I could get to the revision, but I am so much of a perfectionist that I have to get each and every sentence right (even though I KNOW I'm going to change that sentence again later) before I move on to the next.
I've wondered if there's help for me? Can I somehow teach myself to let go and write a quick first draft?
I've always wanted to write YA mystery/suspense novels...but I've never done it. Every time I set out to write YA, it becomes middle grade. (Do You Know the Monkey Man was originally a YA novel...and yeah, some libraries do file it in the YA section. But third graders read it. Much as I want it to be YA, it's upper middle grade.)
But I've been plotting out a YA murder mystery off and on the last couple of months. And now I've got some time before I need to get the next Buddy Files book turned in, so I'm going to see if I can spit out a draft in the month of November.
I think the key to succeeding at NaNoWriMo is to have a pretty good idea of what the story is about. I don't have as much planned out as I'd hoped to by now...but I have my beginning. I have my ending. I have a few critical scenes in between. And I'm hoping the rest will come to me. If not in the next three days, then while I'm writing.
Monday's the day...ready or not, I start writing!