As any writer is well aware, NaNoWriMo approaches in the distance. Little more than a month away it looms there before us with its beckoning call as we all decide what we’re going to do. For some of us it even raises the question of IF we’re going to do it. That has been a question that comes into my mind often during this particular NaNo. In previous years I’ve always jumped on board the train without any real hesitation, but this year I can’t decide if I should or not. There’s the matter that in every previous attempt I’ve never completed the desired 50K goal. It doesn’t matter if I am pantsing or plotting it falls through. As you can imagine it’s a little. . . depressing. Not to say that I haven’t written decent stuff in those attempts, but it would be nice to complete it.
The daunting aspect for this year is that I really don’t know if I’ll be able to complete it.
Stress eats away at the ability to think in any creative aspect making it impossible to do anything. Sometimes I’ll write then scrap what I’ve written only to try it again with the same outcome. So, do I try again even with this knowledge? On top of that, I have to decide what method to try this year. I’ve tried both pantsing and plotting with both falling through. Someone I know suggested trying the method of writing the ending first then working toward it. I’ve not had much input on how that works though so if you’ve got any to offer that’d be welcome.
This is just a really hard to decision to make and the days are ticking away.
Perhaps I’ll see if any opinions can help by putting the following questions out there: How do you decide whether or not to participate? How do you determine what method you’re going to use to write for NaNo?
Any feedback is welcome so please don’t be afraid to share.