National Novel Writing Month

I have exciting news for you, dear readers: I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month this year! For those who are unfamiliar, this even takes place every November and the goal is to write 50,000 words – the beginning of a draft of a full-length novel. (Novels are typically 80,000 to 100,000 words, though this varies, of course.)

So anyway, I’ve been writing for ages and I have a lot of novel drafts, but I have never actually finished a novel draft. Participating in NaNoWriMo (the affectionate nickname used for National Novel Writing Month) will change that. I will have a complete draft by the end of November, which I will edit and eventually publish.

Now, here is the hard part: choosing which of my drafts to complete. There are three options:

  • Spy thriller about Russia. It’s even more awesome than it sounds. I am about 90% sure this is the novel I will work on in November.
  • Thriller about a (female) arms dealer. It sounds strange, but it will be exciting (hopefully). I have done a bit of writing and a lot of research for this one. I’ve read loads of books and articles on arms dealers and international crime.
  • Futuristic science fiction novel for young adults. I think it will be good, but I still have a lot of planning left to do. I probably will not choose this one to work on anytime soon.

I started a spy thriller in 2008 and have worked on it off and on. I recently realized that it has a major flaw: my writing from four years ago is so bad that it will require a lot of rewriting. I will work on this one someday, but for now, I think it is best to concentrate on something else.

As I said, I am quite certain that I will be working on the first idea listed above, the spy thriller about Russia. I entered an earlier version of this in a contest about a year ago, so I have about 30,000 words already. Writing 80,000 next month will bring me up to 80,000 (if not more, depending on how much I write).

There is only one week until NaNoWriMo starts (seriously, where did October go?), so I will be planning and outlining and reading writing tips on my favorite blogs.

Are any of you participating in National Novel Writing Month?