Is it rejection that I'm afraid of?
Not exactly. I am afraid of the same thing that has choked up so many drafts over the years, not producing a end result deserving of the idea, the character, the world and all the time I've poured into it. Self-doubt. Perfectionism.
I have found that deadlines can combat these flaws for the rough draft level. I am working on using process to fight off the rest of it.
Considering self-publishing means that I have to approach my writing with greater emphasis on deadlines, on the business of it, but with the underlining goal of being honest to the art of it, the idea of it. I am a paradox, finding certain limitations actually inspiring. That's why I work well with Nano.
What am I doing differently?
I am exploring an organization to the chapters in my Rextian novels that are in line with the society that I've created, but not an order I'd ever have thought would go well for a "first novel." This is mostly because it isn't exactly something I've seen before, but it makes sense for the piece that I am creating.
It also frees me to identify certain stories as possible serials. Suddenly, I can do all my ideas. Beginning to end. I can build them my way, and use the very structure of the novel to build not only the plot, but also the context of the world. The outline is posted week by week on Story Snippets. I will follow up at the end of the week with my progress that week on the Nanowrimo project.
I'm very confident about my ability to generate a rough draft... but that's before the real work: the second draft.