novel infidelity (nanowrimo, and that next thing…)

There are fifty-one days between today and National Novel Writing Month 2009.

One month and twenty one days. Seven weeks and two days. Fifty-one days. Thirty-five weekdays. One month, twenty days, thirteen hours, ten minutes until the starting gun at midnight (from the time of writing).

I’ve got forty percent of Blue Crystal to revise still (though chapter eight is getting a major face lift at present). One chapter fixed a week (optimistic, as I’ve got the teaching job going again) means that it’ll take another five to six weeks to finish revisions. That last one or two weeks for polishing just might not be enough time to really finish final polishes, and I’d hoped to start agent searching before NaNo starts.

Why?

I’ve got a really, really fun story in mind to start on next.

Back two years ago, when I started Blue Crystal in NaNo 2007, this was actually my second idea for the fall project. My first choice was this yet immature idea, at the time a co-written sort of idea/plot that I just didn’t think was ready for a 50k marathon. Now, after two years of mulling in the back of my head, a go-ahead from my former partner to change, develop, and write the story without him, I’m more than ready to get started. It has everything that Blue Crystal doesn’t. Mad scientists, an awesome villain (he rams a screwdriver through his head in his first scene), an understated romance, and a sunny, Victorian-esc setting with a steampunk flair.

NaNoWriMo does something to me. I’ve participated twice (once on Blue Crystal’s first draft, then in ’08 with Blue Crystal’s third as a blind rewrite), and I’ve won both times. Before I started NaNo, I’d difficulty finishing anything. So here’s the problem: do I set Blue Crystal’s last changes aside and concentrate on the new thing knowing that a short attention span is my biggest writing weakness, or do I go full-bore and wear myself out literary-wise before November comes around? Or should I be prepared for both and see how things go?

It’s getting awfully hard to concentrate.

end of november

… And the beginning of December.

NaNoWriMo. It actually seemed to get easier, since last year. Not working full-time probably had something to do with that. I laughed, I cried, I killed off large portions of my cast. At one point I realized that I’d started a chapter wrong, and instead of erasing, put in a page break, wrote ‘chapter six’ over again (still haven’t titled that one) and started it again.

It seemed to have turned out alright, though.

All that work, paid off in the end.

Fifty thousand words. That’s half the size of your typical fantasy novel. And it’s half of mine; I need to finish.

Instead of officially joining NaNoFiMo (National Novel Finishing Month), I’ll be holding the same pace through December. Since I’ve figured out that it’s the personal graph that keeps me going, I’ve recreated the NaNo graphic in Photoshop to reflect December as well. My absent status in the blogging world will continue… but I’ll be back for the new year.

NaNoFiMo Count

How’d the rest of you do?