If you're taking the plunge, Go You!!!
I attempted NaNoWriMo in 2009. I wrote 50,000 plus words. Of complete crap. Which is supposed to be okay. All it did was freak me out. But I learned something valuable about my process and what I would do differently if I ever attempted it again. And there's a good chance I might if the stars align and I find myself beginning a project in early November. I would do a lot more prep work. A LOT.
I did go on to publish the project I started in 2009. EXPOSED, my latest romantic suspense, has the same characters, same setting, and that's about it. I put it away for a couple of years while I decided what to do with it. This was still very early on in my writing life and I still had no idea what I was doing. It was only my second manuscript attempt and I could not face the mess. I went back to editing BACKLASH, my first novel. And I'm still learning. Still figuring out what my process looks like.
Here's a little back to my mindset in 2009 which was posted to another blog, The Prairie Chicks Write Romance:
I'm stalling out far more frequently then I was at the beginning of the month. I tried to blame it on knowing my characters better, on having a better sense of what they would or wouldn't do in a situation. But that's malarkey. I'm supposed to be able to write anything, make mistakes, not worry about it. What I am is tired. Tired of coming up with new stuff when I'm chomping at the bit to start revising. But I shall resist and keep working my way towards 50,000 words and November 30th.
But I'm proud of the story it became. The evolution of the characters. I wanted to create a heroine who wore attitude like armour. Who was stubborn. Who valued success over being liked while still caring about appearances and what people thought of her. For me, that was the paradox that was Kate Logan.
What about you? Do you like a challenge? If you're a writer, what do you think of National Novel Writing Month? If you're a reader, do you enjoy hearing about the writing process?