What To Do, What To Do?

Four days.

I have only four days until NaNoWriMo begins, and I still don’t know what I will be writing yet.

I’ve been mulling it over, but I can’t seem to commit.  I pulled my old, unfinished NaNo novels out of storage during the weeks of October and carefully read them all.  I was certain I would want to add more to one of those rough drafts — if only for the satisfaction of finally completing a manuscript. However, not one grabbed me and shouted “Finish me!”

I really hoped one would.

So, here I am, four days until go time, and still as clueless as ever.  I do have another idea rattling around in my brain for an epic piece of historical fiction.  You know — the sort of book that would require weeks and months of plotting and planning, extensive development of a pantheon of characters, and hours of meticulous research regarding the customs and mores of the setting and time it takes place in.

I only have four days.

Still…sounds exciting, doesn’t it?


10 thoughts on “What To Do, What To Do?

    1. Well…I guess that depends on how you look at it! On the one hand, I’ve never brought a NaNoWriMo rough draft to completion. (I’ve “won” by hitting 50,000 words, but I’ve never finished a novel.) Then again, it was my first NaNo attempt several years ago that inspired me to begin writing again after years of doing nothing. I definitely write more material during NaNoWriMo than any other month of the year, so if nothing else it motivates me to write daily. Plus — and this is big — it is a lot of fun! 🙂


  1. Your post reminded me of an Diana Gabaldon interview in which she was asked how long she spent researching before she wrote Outlander. She said that started out knowing nothing and did the research on an as needed basis while she wrote. As someone who has a tendency to get lost in research to the point of failing to start the actual writing, that really got my attention. Some may not feel comfortable approaching NaNo that way because it almost guarantees not hitting 50,000 words. For myself, I’ve signed up for NaNo this year knowing that although I’m unlikely to “win,” I will almost certainly write more than I would if I skipped it. 🙂


    1. That is the one thing holding me back — I can’t imagine getting to 50,000 in November if I try to research as I go. I have another idea up my sleeve — but it isn’t fiction! I think I’m going to do it anyway, and then I can hang out in the “rebel” forum with the other nonconformists. 🙂


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