This Year, I Rebel.

I honestly can’t remember the first time I tried NaNoWriMo. I think it was in 2004, which would make this the 15th year I make an attempt.

Now, I’ll be honest – most of those attempts have gone exactly nowhere. Some I’m pretty sure I quit on day one with less than 1,000 words. Others have net a bit more in terms of words and progress. But I’ve never won NaNoWriMo.

I’ve blogged about this before. You can read those posts here and here. And I stand by those lessons I’ve learned, and this is how they’re impacting me now that NaNoWriMo 2019 is arriving on Friday.

I’m Still Writing My Novel

That novel I started in 2018? It’s still going. I actually let my inner editor out of confinement last month and fixed up the draft. It had ballooned to almost 22,000 words and was still in a “prologue” of sorts (lol…), so I knew it needed some help if I was ever going to get it on track and actually move forward with my story.

So, I took a hatchet to it and cut 11,025 words. Half of the draft. Then I started working again. Now, it’s back up to 15,708 words and I’m in Chapter 6.

I am committed to this story and this draft, and I want to see it through to completion. But with NaNoWriMo’s siren song calling, I found myself less and less interested in working on it, and more and more drawn to other/different/”new” novel ideas.

I Was Letting the “Rules” Rule Me

See, the “rule” of NaNoWriMo is (supposedly) that you start a brand new project on November 1 and you write that project only so that by November 30, you have 50,000 words of a brand new novel.

And it’s a great rule. And it’s a great starting point for a lot of projects.

But…I already have a great starting point. I started it last November. What I need is a great rising action and climax and conclusion.

Now here’s the thing: I am a rules-follower. I always have been (except maybe when I was younger and would start to lose board games and would suddenly invent/introduce “house rules”…). But, that aside, I follow the rules. I kept telling myself if I was going to do NaNoWriMo, I was going to follow the rules.

But… I don’t want to start a new project. I want to keep writing my novel I started last November. I want to see it through to – at the very least – a finished first draft.

So, I’m Just Going to Keep Writing.

Yeah, I’ll still aim for 50K words in my novel in November. And if I actually write that much, yeah, I’m gonna consider myself a winner.

I thought doing this technically made me a NaNoWriMo Rebel, but apparently to actually be a “Rebel” you need to be writing a non-novel.

Whatever, I’m throwing all the rules out anyway. If I want to call myself a rebel, I’m calling myself a rebel!

Are You Writing This November?

You can be my buddy! Here’s my NaNoWriMo Profile.

Happy Writing, everyone!

Published by Colette

Writer who loves dogs, wine, and pop culture. First novel in process. She/her.

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