I chose my NaNo Project like this.

Yesterday, I did quite a few writerly things.

I finished the final edits.

I rewrote my query. It’s now resting on my computer, waiting for me to edit it.

I also finally decided what I’d be writing about for NaNoWriMo. It’s the original draft and not the rewrite. The reason: I can stay in draft mode longer.

If I did the rewrite, my plan would look like this:

1) Rewrite WiP3
2) Draft WiP5 while 3 rests.
3) Revise 3 while 5 rests.
4) Rewrite 5 while 3 rests.
5) Edit 3 while 5 rests.
Problem: The fact that I’d have to hop between edit and draft modes in steps 2-5, which, if you’re familiar with me, you’d know is something I hardly ever manage well. In fact, WiP2 and 3 have gone untouched for a YEAR because I was busy editing Doorways. 

But I’ve now decided to do things like this. Of course Doorways querying etc. will continue on top of all this.

1) Draft WiP5
2) Rewrite WiP3 while 5 rests.
3) Rewrite 5 while 3 rests.
4) Revise 3 while 5 rests.
5) Revise 5 while 3 rests.
6) Alternate edits to 3 and 5 as needed.

See? Everything follows nicely so that I don’t have to hop between edit mode and draft mode. So I can lock up my inner editor for months, potentially, except of course if I have to tweak Doorways a little.

So yeah, a distinctively dispassionate way to chose projects, but by yesterday, I still hadn’t had a clue as to what I wanted to write more.

Have you ever used logic to work out which project you should be working on? Did you obey it in the end?


20 thoughts on “I chose my NaNo Project like this.

  1. Yes. Whatever is due out next is what I work on. I sometimes take an hour and work on a different project. I sort of like to have the next one started when the current one is done.

  2. I have trouble flipping between edit and draft modes too. I spent ages editing WIP 1. Now I'm firmly into drafting WIP 2, which took a lot of getting used to.

    Actually, WIP 2 is really WIP 2b, because logic told me to crack on with that rather than WIP 2a because I needed to take a different direction before returning to a sequel to WIP 1. Actually, for a while I was toying with breathing life back into WIP 0 … no, logic really doesn't come into it.

    I call this mental state “Wipdithering” 🙂

  3. Makes sense. I tend not to risk it, though, because I have an all-or nothing attention span when it comes to my writing. So a short distraction from my current WiP is hardly ever a good idea.

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