|"Mork calling Orson.|
Come in, Orson."
Please don't make me explain.
This week's topic:
Are you doing NaNoWriMo, or have you ever? Does having a deadline inspire you?
Why yes. Yes I am. Well, I guess you could say I'm sort of doing NaNo this year, but I won't be plunging into a completely original work. The official NaNoWriMo rules state:
Start from scratch. None of your own previously written prose can be included in your NaNoWriMo draft.
I took part in NaNo last year and started a YA contemporary romance/classic retelling from scratch (a couple of days into November, actually). But I only managed to pound out around 19,000 words during that month. Since then I've worked on this WIP off and on and am now somewhere around the 33,000 word mark (I totally just typed 'mork' and had to correct it, BTW). So I figure why not finish what I started last year? 50,000 more words should be more than enough to complete a first draft of this story. I'm trying really hard to ignore the temptation to work on another of my shiny new ideas—a YA Historical/Time Travel that takes place in Scotland. The absolute last thing I need right now is to have three vastly different projects on the go.
NaNo actually couldn't come at a better time. I'm just finishing up revisions on my YA sci-fi WIP (Watch of Night) based off of my CP's and beta readers' suggestions, and after that I'm pretty well set to start querying it. I guess that makes November both NaNoWriMo and QueRySenDo month. I'm probably a little off my rocker planning to do both next month, but then again I never claimed to be sane. (Exhibit A: Pictures of Mork from Ork in this blog post. Nanu nanu.)
To answer the second part of the question: Does having a deadline inspire you? Yes, I think it does. When I was in university, I was always the type of person to leave writing an essay until the last minute. I'd get all of the research done (the fun part) and then sit on it until the eleventh hour. I don't do well with wide open timelines. I need deadlines and to set realizable goals within that span of time. I suppose having deadlines is good practice for if I ever get published, right?
How about you? Are you planning on taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? How are you with deadlines?