To NaNo Or Not To NaNo?

I think most people have heard of NaNoWriMo, even if they aren’t writers. I’ve always wanted to participate, just to see if I could really write a novel in one month, but I never have. Mostly because for the last couple of years I’ve been focusing on Vanishing Valerie or a different manuscript I had written — the latter is a hopeless cause. Anyway, I’ve finished with VV for the most part. It’s out in the query/partial land and there’s nothing to be done but wait, wait, and wait.

But now November is coming and I have a chance to participate in NaNoWriMo 2012, should I? I recently finished a different story, Pandora’s Hope (that’s the working title for now, it could change). And by finished I mean I completed the first draft, it’s needs some serious revision. So should I just focus on that or write a new story? I don’t want to fall into one of the most common lies writers tell themselves: I’ll come back to this story after I write this other story. And, of course, it doesn’t happen. But, then again, I don’t know. What if the story I could write is better than the story I have already written?

What if the story I’m going to write for NaNoWriMo is the one that will get me a lit agent then a publisher then — finally — published? I hate the world of what ifs, but… I’m not sure. Either ignore the impulse to join NaNo November and focus on my WIP or ignore my WIP for a month (risk ignoring it for longer) and write another WIP. What do you think?

I have a while to wonder about it. For the time being I’m trying really hard to plow through all my To Be Read list. What better way possibly prepare for NaNo than by reading?

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