So, NaNo day 5 and I’m already behind. I usually start out racing because I know I’ll slow down later, but this didn’t happen this year for a variety of reasons.
I got a new freelance contract that’s taking up both time and creative energy (I get to learn something new, so it’s fun, but draws from the same resource pool).
I was swamped with programming so never got the chance to go over my outline (which I’d written two years earlier and before I wrote book 1, so things changed).
And I chose to write a sequel, which means I don’t have the flexibility to do whatever–the events must reflect on and tie into what has come before.
I do NaNo because each year it teaches me something. I’ll admit sometimes the lessons come as reminders (like don’t start before you’ve got the outline ready :p) rather than something I didn’t know, but it’s a good lesson in writing to deadline, and really hammers in what works and what doesn’t for me.
So what drives you to NaNo? And is this year working out for you?