I'm dying to participate in NaNo this year. The more people who sign up, and the more people I hear talking about it, the more I just really want to do it. But I just don't think it's the best idea for me right now.
I'm a Libra, so that means I'm pretty much incapable of making a decision. Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of asking me, "So, what do you want to do for dinner tonight?" can confirm that. So, I'm going to turn this to you, dear blog readers. I'm going to present you with all the facts I'm dealing with, and you can decide for me*.
My WIP right now is actually my NaNo project from 2008. I won that year, but I never finished it. Then I put it away for the most part. After awhile I pulled it out and read it, realized it was crap, pretty much tossed it and started telling the same story (with a lot of tweaks) from scratch. It took me a long time to rewrite that draft because drafting is difficult for me.
Right now I am revising that draft. I'm almost done with this round of revision, then I want to go back through a few more times, then send to CPs, then revise more. I'm hoping to have it all polished by the end of January.
Also, I have a full time job, a part time job, a volunteer position on my sorority alumnae board, two blogs, a husband, and I try to have a social life.
I do have a Shiny New Idea for NaNo. I started outlining it a bit ago, but I never finished. I do have quite a bit of it floating around my head, though.
So, here it is...should I participate in NaNoWriMo '10?
On one hand, I really want to focus on my WIP so I can finish the darn thing already and be done with it. I already have some issues dedicating the time to it that I need to. I'm very busy, and this would be another thing to add to my overflowing plate. And should I start something new when I'm not even done with my first project?
Also, I'm going on vacation for five days over Thanksgiving week.
On the other hand, I am a SLOW drafter, so I love the timeline involved in NaNo. If I start it, I will make myself finish, and I love the idea of coming out of it with at least a partially completed draft. I feel like if I don't do NaNo, my next draft will take like six months to write.
What do you guys think? Should I do it? Would you, if you were in my position? (And please don't tell me I should do it just because you are doing it, and you want me to play with you. I need serious answers here, people!)
And, just because I'm curious...who here is doing NaNo this year? What's your username on the site? (You know, just in case I want to go find you.)
*There is no guarantee I will actually do what you decide. But you can play along anyway.