November is here, it’s time to write, and yet here I sit staring at the screen wondering where to go from here. Sometimes plans change, and sometimes that’s alright.

As I mentioned in my first NaNo post of the year, this year I was intending to write the first draft of the second book/companion novel to the book I finished for NaNo in 2012. But I also took on the challenge of rewriting that first book. And now, on November 1st, 2016, I’ve sat down at my bar in my new apartment ready to put the story I’ve been lovingly developing, literally, for years in my head into words on the screen and I ca’t seem to get it started.

Beginnings are usually my favorite to write. The first chapter is one of my favorite things to write. It’s a lot of world building and a lot of internal dialog (for this series) and It’s so much fun for me to get to explain bits and pieces. Especially with this new character I’m working with. She’s quirky and in the process of becoming her own person and understanding herself and I love her. But I can’t seem to let her sister go.

The first book, as I’ve nicknamed LiS, was just that, my very first book. It holds a very special place in my heart, being the first thing I’ve ever finished and loved and thrown my whole heart and soul into. It’s a mess, the first draft is sitting in a box printed and beautiful but covered in the pink and purple inks I use for editing. It’s a damn mess, but it’s my baby. And now that baby is sitting in a file on my computer, partially rewritten and begging for my attention.

On the other hand, LiS #2 is sitting in my head ready to come out into the world and grow.

But rewriting my baby.

But creating a new baby.

But rewriting.

But creating.

But…

So here I am, with a blank document and a document with 18,249 words sitting open on my computer, knowing which is the technical “correct” one to choose for NaNo but unable to do it. So plans change. My new goal for NaNo is to write 1,667 words each day. Most of those I plan to add to the 18,249 words of LiS #1, but if one day the juices are flowing and LiS #2 is calling my name, maybe she’ll get my 1,667 words.

I’m breaking all the NaNo rules, changing my plans, and making November my own personal writing month, to be the writer I want to be.

We’ll see how this goes.

Do you strictly follow NaNo rules? Or do you make November your own?

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