It’s National Novel Writing Month, again

It’s November and with November comes National Novel Writing Month.
NaNoWriMo for short.
NaNo for shorter.

This is the sixth year I’ve participated.
I LOVE NANO.
I like having an external deadline, November 30, and an expected outcome, 50,000 words.
I like being forced to make time to accommodate those goals.
I like the camaraderie of other participants.
I like being able to focus on, and flesh out, a new and exciting novel idea.

But I’m torn this year…

I LOVE BEING PUBLISHED!
And part of me keeps thinking, DO NOT START ANOTHER PROJECT.
I already have “finished” projects to edit and publish. At least five of them.

On average, 50,000 words for the month is about 1,667 words a day. At approximately an hour per one thousand words, that’s basically fifty hours this month where I could be wrapping up my novella in preparation for a December publication!

But I wouldn’t be writing fifty hours this month if it wasn’t for NaNo…
And the exciting new ideas aren’t going away, so I might as well spill them on the paper…
Can I do both?

To paraphrase Mary MacGregor, Torn Between Two Novels…

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About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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