Nanowrimo is one of the most prominent writing mountains I haven't climbed. I always wanted to be a writer, but since doing it semi-professionally, I all but stopped writing fiction. I pick and play with ideas here and there, which is why I think that the endurance slog is probably the only way that I will force myself to write a novel.
The problem is that researching and writing an article a week is a significant time investment with a full-time job and trying to get some semblance of free time. Where I think that I went wrong is that I don't write for fun as much as I did before. I used to take a notebook everywhere and scribbled away different ideas.
It is fair to say that some of that "fun" writing has transformed into Facebook debates and Twitter rants. Though it's also fair to say that even these blog posts are spotty as I just don't have the creative energy to plow out more words.
That said, I am going to embark on Nanowrimo again, but I am not going to beat myself up if I fall off again. I still have the oversized notebook I bought for last year's challenge, with the aborted attempts at restarting a novel I've wanted to write since my early 20's.
This year I have been kicking around that the idea might actually be concrete enough not to swirl off into digressions. Though I wonder if that's true. I think that I have another idea that would be more fun to write, and would be more fun for people to read.
I think that might be the one thing that I really learned in the process of writing for the web. You don't change what you want to say for the audience, pandering often backfires. Instead, you look for where your interest overlaps with theirs. You find a way to connect to an audience.
I don't imagine that a successful Nanowrimo will translate into a published novel. I do think that it will rekindle the idea of making up stories for fun, and separate the muscle of writing nonfiction from writing fiction. Hell even finding an outlet for more creative nonfiction might make this blog more interesting to read.