NaNo; To risk or not to risk?

NaNoWriMo 2012 starts in just over a week and I still have no idea what I am writing for it.  I have so many ideas that *might* work as a novel, but I don’t even know where to start in deciding.  My main problem is that I am torn between taking a risk or not taking a risk.

By taking a risk, I mean going with one of my more ‘out there’ ideas – straying from my comfort zone and going with something I’d not normally write – fantasy/horror etc. I must admit, this is tempting.  NaNo is supposed to be fun and going with a wilder idea would add to that.

However, (isn’t there always an however?)  I also want to have something at the end of it.  If I’m going to put in the effort of writing 50k in 30 days, I don’t want that work to be wasted.  I want the start of a novel I can finish and rewrite and edit into something which might sell.  I tend to write character-driven stories with personal tragedies and life-changing events. (Even though I read mainly horror and thrillers – odd.)

It’s quite a dilemma.  If I take the risk, who knows?  I might discover I like it.  I might even be good at it.  Who knows?  But, I could get stuck after a few thousand words and fail. I’ve experimented a bit with short stories with varying success, but there is a big difference between a short story and a book.    I can feel a pro/con list coming on.


3 thoughts on “NaNo; To risk or not to risk?

  1. I think using NaNo as an opportunity to write something you wouldn’t normally, is a perfect idea. It’s a month. If you took the time to write that idea at any other point it could drag on for a lot longer. Give it a shot. You have lots of people behind you!

  2. It IS only a month, and even if you don’t entirely like what you write, you might be able to use parts of it. At the same time, if you find partway through that you don’t like it, it’ll be harder to maintain motivation to keep going…

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