Which puts the thought back in my mind why the hell is Nanowrimo scheduled in November?!?
I mean, realistically, I get why they chose November: To give us poor, broke authors time to create something for Xmas gifts. But that doesn’t factor in time for your beta readers to read your crap first draft, nor time for you to revise it, and get it back to your editor, and them time to read it, and you time to sulk and revise it and sulk some more.
Just to give you a bit more realistic look at how long it may take to produce gold from your Nano coal: Lady of the Tarot took me six years from seed of first idea (before I discovered Nano, to be frank, but ironically, about the same time of year) t’ill the day I felt it ready to hit publish.
Six years for one book, but that was actually a really, really teeth-pulling project. At one point, my good friend that eggs me on thought for sure our dear Lady wouldn’t see the light of day, ever.
And that, my friends,is why I have so many writing projects going at once. I’m sure it’s probably the same for all my other published writer friends. Our Nano projects are just one more for the “soon to be revised” piles.
(Case in point: even though I wrote in my last post that I want to whip my barely-started Victorian into shape, Caitlin’s got a great idea she’s wanting me to steam ahead at, too. And she may actually take point. Too bad Nano doesn’t give you slots for multiple projects. :))
So I don’t know…We’ll see how my Nanowrimo run turns out this year. Anybody got a brand new set of fingers I can borrow this month?