Actually it's more of a idiotic rebel's plan for NaNoWriMo.
There are only a few rules for National Novel Writing Month. Excerpted from the official site:
See that "start from scratch" in there?
That's the rule I'm breaking. I'm re-writing my book from last year.
Yes, I confess I plan to cut and paste words from the previous version and all the faithful and true followers of NaNoWriMo howl, "that's not fair!" or "that's totally cheating on your word count!"
But it takes me TWICE as long to re-write as it does to first draft. Consistently. I swear. I've been re-writing for months now and it's the slowest, most painful process, like pulling hair and teeth and toenails and brain cells all at the same time.
I would actually much rather be first-drafting my idea for a new novel.
First drafting, you can throw your inner-editor out the door, and that is what makes November Writing Madness so much fun. Here's a great example of what you normally do to your inner-editor during November:
If I attempt my
These animations are from the wonderful Tumblr Life During NaNo. Go check it out. It will get you psyched for November. Even me got me rarin' to go, even knowing my dread inner editor will be on the loose.
I'd much rather be drafting my new idea but I'm idiotically hoping that I can use the great motivation that is 300,000 crazy writers and creeping word count bars to make at least 50,000 words of last year's novel shinier (Star Tripped) so it can be that much closer to publication.
I just discovered that if I proceed with my plan, I will officially be known as a NaNoWriMo Rebel and they even have their own forum. So there are other disreputable folks like me out there.
And, I have a backup plan. If re-writing for NaNo turns out to be a disaster, I still have my notes on that brand-new idea for a 5th novel...
Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?