To NaNo or Not?

To NaNo or Not?

I’m what you could call “a little behind” on things. I’m also what you could call “a little project-happy” or “a little scattered” or “a little drowning in ideas”.

Taking this into consideration, it seemed only reasonable that I would draw the line at NaNoWriMo this year.

NaNoWriMaybe?  [photo credit: WANA Commons]
NaNoWriMaybe?
[photo credit: WANA Commons]
To be fair, I’ve only participated in NaNoWriMo once. Ever. It was back in like, 2009, maybe. I started my account, then I started a story. I got 2,000 words into it and stopped. Which is also known as failing NaNoWriMo.

Believe me, I’ve wanted to participate in a NaNoWriMo successfully at some point in my life. It’s just, every time it rolls around each year, I find myself just a little bit too behind on things. A little too scattered. Not exactly where I want to be mentally, work-wise, or otherwise, to begin a whole new project and write 50,000 words for god’s sake.

So this year, I was decided. I would NOT NaNo.

Like every other year.

And then I had a dream.

I won’t go into the specifics of the dream, but it was a crazy dream. Like, a non-romance story line, and very, very, extremely paranormal.

You know, the opposite of what I write all the time, which is either romance or travel memoirs.

This dream really got to me. Like, woke me up at 4AM, stayed with me when I went back to sleep, then finally pushed me out of bed a few hours later to write the damn thing down kind of thing. Most of the details stayed with me (thankfullly), but it certainly is a rare occasion for dreams to stay so intact for so long in my head.

It’s like the story wants me to write it.

It’s like…*gasp* It’s like I should make this story my NaNoWriMo novel!!!!

To be honest, when the idea came of NaNo’ing this dream idea, I wasn’t thrilled. In fact, I groaned. “But start a new project/enter NaNoWriMo is what you said you WOULDN’T do! What about your revisions? What about that other novel you swore to finish? What about X, Y and Z???” 

My inner reason nailed it. I can’t argue with any of that logic, buddy. There’s always plenty of other things I can be doing, or getting caught up on, or focusing me energies on. But you know what?

Screw it. I’m gonna do NaNoWriMo, and I’m gonna give this weird dream-based paranormal non-romance novel a shot. Because I’m a WRITER. I spend so much time getting caught up on everything else, this is my chance to get caught up on my WRITING.

At the very least, it’s what being a writer is, right? And I better be writing as much as I freaking can.

Anyone out there getting into NaNoWriMo this coming month? Have you ever failed or succeeded at NaNo before? What new projects will you be working on…or putting off? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll randomly pick a commenter to receive a FREE copy of my latest erotic short story, Carlos & Casey!

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