Well, I've pondered all the comments here and elsewhere and thought long and hard about signing up for NaNo, and I made my decision half an hour ago. I am now signed up and, if not quite ready to roll, at least I'm trying to get other things up to date so I can start as organised as possible on November 1st.
Thank you all so much for the advice and opinions - all gratefully received. I'm going to treat it as a fun challenge to try and cut down my terrible procrastination. And if you think I'm kidding about my lack of focus, I'm still a bit undecided which piece of writing to tackle during the challenge. These are the contenders:
- Continue the Regency novel that already has 22,000 words - but even that needs restructuring
- Continue another Regency novel that has only 3,000 words but might be fun to write
- Continue the contemporary novel set in Scotland that already has 14,500 words
- Continue the contemporary novel set in Scotland that already has almost 16,000 words
- Write the late Victorian crime novel that has only 2,200 words and a rough synopsis
- Write the 12th century novel that has only 2,700 words so far
- Continue changing a 2000 words short story set in 16th century Venice into a novel
- Continue the children's time-slip novel set partly in Ancient Egypt that has about 7,000 words so far
Shocking lack of focus isn't it? In my slight defense, some of these novels were started for the purpose of entering the novel competitions at our annual Scottish conference (for a critique). Only I didn't finish them afterwards and started another one each year - apart from the tween novel being published finally in March 2012). And I completed the mainstream novel that had a good NWS report from the RNA last year (now looking for an agent). And of course, one previous NWS Regency finally made it to publication this year.
Remember I mentioned I was a butterfly writer? Now you see the evidence! So, one decision is already made - need to make the other one this week so I can register the title of my NaNo novel. But I promise you, I need that month of focus!