NaNoWriMo 2010 Day 1: NaNo Rebel

Today marks the beginning of NaNoWriMo 2010!

This is my 4th year doing NaNo, and hopefully my 4th win. But this year I'm being a little naughty.

According to the "rules," your NaNo novel should be something you start from scratch at the beginning of the month. My original plan was to follow the rules and start a new book during NaNo (it would have involved robots - pewpew!). But then I got a bit of agent interest on the book I'm editing (squeeee!) thanks to some query and pitch critiques, and I had to reconsider.

Knowing that an agent wanted to see my book when it was done changed things a bit. I was torn - I really wanted to do NaNo, but I also wanted to get my current book ready to send to agents as soon as I could.

My awesome support team suggested I work on my book but count any new words for my NaNoWriMo word count. I do have to rewrite many (ok, most) of the scenes in the book, so I'm sure I can hit 50k words of new content. Rewriting is hard, so maybe NaNo is just what I need to get it done and get my book back on track.

Since NaNoWriMo is all about setting big, crazy goals and then trying to meet them, I think rewriting my novel is still in the spirit of the event. Yes, I'm breaking the rules a little, but I'll still be working my butt off to write 50k new words... and that's what really matters, right?

Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? Are you also being rebellious and breaking the "rules?"