I realize I have said more than once that if I ever signed up for NaNoWriMo again or even mentioned I was considering it that someone should hunt me down and slap me hard until I remember how thoroughly unenjoyable that was for me in 2011.
However, this is different. This is camp. And you can't take camp that seriously, can you?
What I learned last November was really important for me to learn:
1. Writing without editing at all is insanity for me, and the end result is fifty thousand words of crap and a lot of wasted hours followed by six weeks of writer's block, melodrama, and borderline depression.
2. Writing for more than two hours at a time isn't good for me. It uses me up.
3. I prefer to write 10K of something good than 50K or 100K of rambling crap.
A tiny bit of external pressure to finish the last nine chapters of my current WIP is not a terrible idea. It's actually perfect timing.
I was going to start something new in June anyway ... or maybe rewrite something I may have written badly last November. It's a beach story. And I'll be at the beach. How perfect is that?
My plan is to write for 1-2 hours a day every day without obsessing over word count.
If anyone else is doing this and wants to hang out in a virtual cabin with me, that would be super. My user name is Tonja.
Is it just me, or would it be super fun to have a real gathering of writers at the beach next to the Tiki bar writing away while the kids swim and the ocean waves crash? I don't think the beach will be electronics-friendly, so I think I'm going to need to kick it old school and use a journal on the beach and type on the balcony at night. What could be better?