I started this blog in September of 2010, as part of the run up to National Novel Writing Month. Hence the URL: writing cycle. The intent was to track what I was doing during NaNo, not by obsessively posting word count, but posting what I was learning–what worked for me and what didn’t work. Part of my original plan was to show the value of NaNo for any writer, but especially for beginners who are nervously trying to find a shallow writing pool to dip their toes in before jumping into the deep ocean of words.
I think I’ve kept to the plan pretty well. I never intended the blog to be only about NaNo and it hasn’t been. Even the most devoted NaNo addict would get pretty bored along about January 1, and I don’t consider myself an addict. NaNo is just one part of my writing year. It’s the focused madness that guarantees one novel a year, no matter whether I keep on writing afterwards, or piss the time away. As it turns out, and as I hoped, November has become the start of a full year of creativity. I’ve learned that it’s easy to write two novels a year, and if I didn’t piss away a lot of time, just because I have so much of it, I could probably write three novels a year. Easily. Plus a few short stories and novellas.
I have, in fact, written two novels since last year’s NaNo, plus a stack of WIPs. This next year will be devoted more to finishing than starting, just because there’s a huge backlog. But I wouldn’t be surprised if another new novel shows up somewhere between January 1 and November 2012.
It all started with NaNo, from learning whether I was a pantser or a planner, to proving to myself that I had what it takes to write long-form fiction. And that’s what NaNo is all about.