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NaNoWriMo ’18 – Dual Projects

So this year, for NaNoWriMo, instead of doing just one piece, I’ve decided to write two.

Why would I decide to do such a thing? Well, because I have two ideas.

I know I’ve been neglecting one piece, and I want to get working on it. Hence the first piece being written. It’s my high-fantasy possible-epic that I’ve been working on building the world for for a few months now. It’s one of those things that I feel like I could plan forever and never do any real writing on, and I have a decent amount outlined, which may or may not be 50k worth. I guess we’ll seen. Either way, it’s a great excuse to stop procrastinating on the damn thing and actually get working on it.

The seond piece? Well, honestly, it just popped into my head a few days ago, and I really like the idea. I figure I’m going to be writing it on the side anyway throughout the month, I might as well give myself a reason to count the extra words as NaNo words. And who knows, maybe I’ll be able to get the first draft of it all typed out so I can focus on editing in December like I normally do. I suppose I could put one idea or the other on hold, but I don’t foresee doing that anyway, so…two pieces it is.

I also know I’m capable of writing at least 100k in a month. It takes a lot of time and energy and I don’t end up doing much else, but I know I can do it. And since it’s NaNo, there’s not really any losing during the month, so really…the obvious response for me was “well, why not?”

Neither piece is even remotely horror related, which after doing the Halloween Spooktacular over on my Patreon, I’m actually pretty grateful for. Not that I don’t love writing spooky stories, but I’m a little burned out from coming up with and trying to do justice to so many ideas in such a short amount of time. One is high fantasy, the other is YA/LGBT+ New Adult. I haven’t quite figured out exactly where it goes quite yet.

I know it’s sort of a terrifying undertaking, but I enjoy the challenge, and I enjoy the radically different genres of the two pieces that I want to work on. That way if I feel like I’m about to burn out on one, I can switch my perspective and work on the other. Though the way I know I’ll do it is to have both projects open just about all month.

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