I know I promised the book tag list for today, but first I need help.
I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year. It'll be my fourth time, though I've never won. This year I have a conundrum.
Should I spend my NaNoWriMo month writing:
a.) the Southern gothic literary mystery I've been plotting and planning? I've got all of my characters, the plot outline, the setting, and have only written about a page so it's not really cheating. This is a book that I hope to eventually query to agents. I'm excited about this book and in love with the characters. Also I'm extremely scared of screwing it up.
b.) a fun just-for-me mystery. I've been wanting to write a funny book along the lines of What's Up Doc or Foul Play for a while now - something slapstick and ridiculous and entertaining. It's not something I'd ever try to publish; just a fun writing excercise and a way for me to work out my writing demons.
Now for the Pro/Con lists.
Pros of writing option A:
-It'll jumpstart writing a book with which I actually want to query agents
-I've already done most of the planning for it
-NaNo could force me to just get something on paper instead of nervously circling the manuscript, scared to write it
Cons of writing option A:
-I may not be ready to write it; i.e. I'd rather not use this story as another "learning" manuscript
-The whirlwind style of NaNoWriMo may not be the best venue for writing this book
-More stress during the holidays b/c I'm emotionally attached to the story and I want it to be good.
Pros of writing option B:
-Writing a book I'm not hoping to publish could help me learn about and refine my writing style and habits, improving them for when I start on the "real" book
-I'd only be losing a month of writing the "real" book
-There's always the possibility that it could actually inspire a real book, whether the characters, or basic plot or whatever
-It would be FUN and I could write it in true NaNo spirit: with "literary abandon"
Cons of writing option B:
-It takes a month away from when I could have been working on my "real" manuscript
-I don't have a plot, characters or setting and NaNoWriMo starts in just over a week
-I could just be reinforcing bad writing habits by not treating it as seriously as I would a real manuscript
Please help. I would love your opinion.