NaNoWriMo Starts Next Week/ Next Month

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I know several people who will be participating this year in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month). It is a great writing challenge and discipline. I’ve known about this group since its second year, and now this will be my second year participating. (My user name there is SandyCarl, if anyone wants to buddy me. Don’t forget to send me your UN as well, because it doesn’t automatically reciprocate.)

Last year I was more prepared for it, doing lots of research ahead of time. However, this year, particularly this month, I was working on finishing up a WIP before NaNoWriMo started, so my writing focus has been on that project. I’m afraid my head is still there in those revisions. I hope I can compartmentalize enough to work on two projects at once. I used to do this freely — work on two or more writing projects at once. I would switch when I got bored, or hit a plot block, etc. Lately, though, I’ve been focusing on getting one story ready to completion for submission before working on another.

Does anyone else work on more than one project at a time? Do you find it helpful or distracting? I’ve done it both ways. I’m sure either is a better way. Just keep on writing (and revising and submitting).

Good luck to all NaNoWriMo-ers! On your marks… Get set…

2 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Starts Next Week/ Next Month

  1. Hi Sandy – glad to hear you’re doing NaNo this year. Me too! Let’s buddy up. I think I still have you as a buddy from last year.
    In answer to your questions – do I work on more than one project at a time. I try. Like you, I’m finding it harder and harder to stay focused enough to complete any one project, so I end up having many unfinished.
    Lately, I’ve been prioritizing. It feeds my muse to be able to mark off a completed projected and move on to the next. It also give my drive and motivation a boost.
    See you at NaNo.

  2. Good luck with NaNo. I don’t have time to participate. Keep us updated on your progress.

    I usually just work on one project. Though right now I’m also doing research for a totally new idea and may start outlining it while working on the current manuscript and trying to fix that frustrating query letter. We’ll see how it goes.

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