I did my first NaNoWriMo in 2004, and the other day I sat down and added everything I have written ever since in Scrivener and in the same directory. I took out the three projects that are current, one non-fiction book that is between second and third draft, one novel that wants to go to second draft soon and one short story that needs one round of editing before I submit it.
When I was done I had a folder with 27 projects.
The projects in the archived folder vary between some half-baked ideas and a 70.000 word first draft of a novel I had no idea about how to finish. I think about half of that novel needs to be trashed straight away 🙂
There are some short non-fiction projects in there, some collections of old blog posts that need to be heavily edited before they can be a book.
All this stuff never shared a folder, everything was scattered in archives on several cloud accounts and USBdrives.
A lot of the projects will probably never be finished. The ones from 2004 to 2010-ish are all projects where I learned how to write. Projects where I found my voice.
I added them to the one folder toobecause I had to see something I desperately needed: I need to finish stuff!
So, in order to do just that, I am using NaNoWriMo to finish my three current projects in several ways.
I want to bring the non-fiction project to beta reader stage. I want to finish the second draft of the novel, and I want to submit the short story.
And after everything on this list is either published or with an agent if I decide to go the traditional route, I will look at the projects on my drive and pick the next one.
PS I also have about 100 short stories and even more poems. Goes to show I DEFINITELY need to think about finishing stuff! 🙂