NaNoWriMo: A Compromise

Hi guys!

So I've been thinking a lot in the last couple of days about NaNoWriMo (four days left!!) and whether or not I'm going to take the leap this year. Many, many people have asked me if I'm going to do it - there have actually been a couple people who outright assumed, which, can I just say, I'm not really sure whether to be flattered or annoyed by that... ;)

But the issue still remains: I'm in a bit of a dilemma this year.

As you guys know, I've been working hard on Frozen Hearts (my daily editing routine has stuck, which is awesome and I feel so productive!! :D) for the past couple of years, and publication is getting very, very close. Plus, high school is busier than ever and, of course, I'm blogging every day.

But on the other hand... I really, really want to do NaNoWriMo.

See where I'm stuck? :P

So I've decided to strike a little compromise with myself. I've been working on a short story for the past couple of days - a romance set in a bookstore, because bookstores are kind of my happy place and this one is the best kind: chaotic and musty and filled with weird odds and ends and tall bookshelves and maps on the walls. :D

Only I've realised that it's not actually a short story anymore - I have enough ideas to fill a short novel. The outline keeps getting longer and longer and I'm falling head over heels for these characters and I'm dreading letting them go after the 10k mark.

So here's what I'm going to do: I'll keep working on this little thing which I'm about 99.9% sure is going to turn into a novella (judging by my outline, it'll probably be around 30k words). I won't publish it or put it online or anything - this is going to be purely my project.

And, perhaps more importantly, I won't put any emphasis on the word count and stress myself out even further. I'll just keep chugging along at it and let you guys know at the end of November how far I got - obviously the entire thing won't be finished, but I'm interested in seeing how much I can write when I have a much bigger priority (FH!) that has to come first.

So that's my NaNo compromise! What do you guys think - is it a good idea? Any tips for me? And who among us is doing NaNoWriMo this year? I'm cheering for you! :D

love, Topaz