I started my first novel in May 2004. I worked on the story idea, expanding it into a two-book series. I wrote both during National Novel Writing Months, in November 2009 and November 2010. (Find out more here: http://www.nanowrimo.org/.) But I decided to take a break since I wrote on and off for years. And instead of two novels, just rewrite the one novel at a later time.
Since April I’ve been working on a different novel, and I worked on editing it yesterday and today. Here is a picture of the second draft:
Compared to the first draft:
Other novel ideas have landed in my pond over the years. I decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. After last year’s NaNoWriMo I wasn’t planning on it because I wasn’t sure I wanted to focus on a word count when I want to write quality fiction. But since I wrote 42 thousand words in 16 days in April, I realized that I couldn’t have done it without my NaNoWriMo experience, so I’m going to continue to participate.
As for my other novel ideas, I’m researching before writing.