I have been working on Karasa for over 20 years and just never could get it finished. After finally outlining and researching it, I decided I would make a real attempt at making a coherent manuscript instead of the mad ramblings and wanderings I had created back in 1998.
Taking those notes and that manuscript, I reworked it. I replotted it.
Now I rewrite it.
I'm hoping that now that I've done that I will finally get a first draft completed that I'm happy with and finally release it.
So, that's my NaNoWriMo Project This Year.
What is NaNoWriMo?
I've mentioned this before (every November, I think): NaNoWriMo is a writing festival of sort. It's also a challenge. How it works is you start writing a brand new, fresh project on November 1st and you have the first draft finished by midnight on November 30th.
Or at least 50000 words of it.
Yes, 50k in 30 days.
No, that's not a typo.
I have done this challenge almost every year for the past ten years and most of the time I not only make that limit but break it. I wrote After Oil (*now Ashes in Winter & A Season of Wolves) during NaNoWriMo in 2011. I wrote The Last Iron Horse during NaNo in 2014.
I usually save my drafting times for NaNo for that very reason. I will do all of the outlining and research beforehand, and have the plans all ready to go... and then during NaNo with no time to second guess my own writing I write like a madwoman all month long.
I'm setting aside this year for Karasa.