Nah, probably not. Although I love the idea of writing a rough draft novel in thirty days, I just can't wait until NaNoWriMo to start this one. The NaNo method served me well on my first attempt at a novel, and I'll probably use it again this time around. I just don't want to wait another fifteen days when I know I can start now. This year, writer's Christmas comes early.
I haven't been this excited about a story in a while. I've loved all of my scripts, stories and novels, but this one somehow feels like a fresh start. Maybe it's because it's my first crime novel. My first two attempts were space western and urban fantasy, respectively, and although I wish to return to those worlds, crime stories currently hold more sway over my little heart than any genre.
After this, I'm sure I'll try something else. I haven't written a horror story in ages. I'd love to try my hand at funny science fiction or fantasy, a la Douglas Adams. I've even considered YA. For now, though, it's a matter of time, patience, and gumption.
The new Writer's Digest has a piece about writers who didn't publish their best-known works until their forties, such as Stoker and Tolkien. At 37, I'm still pounding away, and I refuse to be deterred. If I can swim another mile, I can write another novel. If I can lift weights three to four days a week, I can write another novel. If I can hoof a mile in the morning just for the hell of it, I can, and will, write another novel.
And I'll look better than Stoker or Tolkien ever dreamed.