I had been thinking on writing my own book since 2003 or 2004, and had done a bit of world building over the years. I felt terribly shy when I saw a blank sheet of paper, so I didn`t start writing a novel till 2008. I wrote occasionally, achieving a quite boring ,35k long draft, but kept with my worldbuilding.
Then magic occurred when I discovered Nanowrimo and decided to participate. During October 2015 I did a 17k warm up, and then did Nano during November. I won Nanowrimo. I finished my novel. I've called it Unknown Island for the time being. It's not a terribly original title, but it's enough for me. I still don't know how I am going to edit this, but the first draft seems promising. It's a fantasy mash up of my favourite books plus a little bit of this and that. But you know what? I like it and that should be enough.
But then the problem was burnout. I didn't want to write anymore, I felt as if I wouldn't have any new book ideas for a long time.
And then September 2016 came, and with it the starting worries of "I want to participate in Nanowrimo again, but what am I going to write?" I decided I could do a sequel to Unknown Island, and not to worry till October 1. Then I would try and start to plan my novel .This was quite new to me, but I had been reading blogs on writing for a year now, and then on Oct 2 I had this wonderful idea. I was going to write a crime or mystery novel but in a fantasy setting, and it would be a bit different from the previous book. Like different countries in a fantasy world. It worked and it took me less effort to complete this year's Nano goal during November. I wrote 50536 words and titled the draft "Artist's Life", after a piece of music written by Strauss.
Now I have a weird duology of book drafts that are screaming to be edited. I don't know how I'll do this, or if I will ever publish them. I'm quite shy about it at the moment. But this is a beginning, anyway!
Have you ever participated in Nanowrimo? What are your current writing projects?