After struggling with revising a work in progress, I fantasize about starting fresh with an idea, a new character, a blank page, and seeing where these new elements take me. Mind you, I’m a fickle creature – after a few weeks with said “fresh elements” I’ll be yearning to have a completed draft to cut to pieces and try to fix.
That said, I have signed up for my very first National Novel Writing Month this November. I’ve never officially signed up before so it’s exciting, and I hear that all who participate receive emails of encouragement from different authors throughout the month. Ironically, I dispense a lot of well-meaning advice about writing, but I don’t always manage to follow it. I’m not quite sure what I’ll write about, but I’ve heard that the uncertainty is all a part of the fun. It’s certainly not my usual way of writing a draft. I usually plan things out in a pretty control-freakish manner. So this is a new experiment!
I’m considering giving myself another option (a cheat, I’ll admit): if I hit a wall, then I can start a new draft of a new idea – just as long as I write 200 pages, total. I know myself – if I keep writing through the wall, the words that tumble out will be destined for the rubbish bin. Been there, done that. Or maybe my goal will be to write a full draft, from beginning to end, regardless of page count? What do you think, am I being too cynical and not fully embracing the spirit of this writing month? Experienced Nanowrimo winners, please comment!
I love this review – thank you fashion piranha!: http://fashion-piranha.livejournal.com/83125.html