My current feeling is that I need to work on my current big fiction WIP (work in progress). The problem is that the WIP is in the really awkward middle place where I’m probably about 22,000 words in but also it’s reallllly not great yet. You know, the point of writing where the flow has stopped, lots of plot and universe holes exist and it looks like it’ll never be redeemable? Yeah, that point. I have it printed, sitting next to me and glaring at me as I haven’t gone through and marked up plot holes like I had planned to. It’d be good to get that done before November.
I am (and have always been) a NaNo “rebel”; I usually have a main project to work on but I can’t do just one thing, my brain isn’t wired that way. Swapping between projects is the best way to make me stay interested. I do have a few other WIPs to consider that are far less developed, so while I will work on them at some point during the month, they won’t be my main project.
There’s also the consideration of using NaNo to create some super-short stories for my Patreon page. These are often borne out of the “need” to hit my word count for the day and I start playing with random prompt generators. There’s often a lack of substance to actually make these a story story, but I think I can find a short story “use” for them. I just need to find a way to wrap them up. I’m great at starting them but less great at finishing them. Which can be me on a lot of topics, not just writing.
That’s what I’m thinking so far, but I haven’t worked through the prep course much yet, so I’ll see what else sparks an idea in me.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo 2021? Any thoughts about what you’ll be working on? Are you a NaNo rebel or purist?