In about a week and a half, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) begins. I’ve been participating in it since 2008, and I have no doubt it has helped me with my writing craft over the years. It has built my confidence in writing longer projects. Most of all, it’s just plain fun.
Last NaNoWriMo, I began a space opera novel and have completed the first draft. I find myself finishing up the second draft of this project, but as November approaches–the month for NaNoWriMo, I had hoped to finish up the draft in October and start with a whole new story for NaNoWriMo 2019.
I even have an all new idea with rough sketches of characters. But the last 25% of my NaNoWriMo project from 2018 needs so much rewriting, I’m switching things up. I’m going to finish what I start last year. Well, like I said, I’ve already finished what I started last year, but it needs so much changing, I’m just going to use it for this year.
The NaNoWriMo people say that technically, the project should be all-new, all-different. Well, this will be such a big rewrite, it kind of falls in that category. And the good news is that I already know my characters!
I’ve talked so much about NaNoWriMo in the past, I have nothing new to add at this point. If you’re interested in any advice or tips I have for it, check this out:
Here are my articles from years past on NaNoWriMo.
If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, don’t take it too seriously, and have fun!