Hello! Today’s little blog post is something I’ve been reading a lot about lately: NaNoWriMo. I’ve seen a lot of people who swear by NaNoWriMo, but I’ve never participated myself for several reasons and I’m going to discuss those reasons.
Brief disclaimer: I am neither condoning nor condemning NaNoWriMo. I think it’s a fabulous device to get people writing, but these are my reasons why I choose to not participate. If you have done NaNoWriMo in the past, please let me know your thoughts in the comments–I’d love to hear why you chose to participate and what you got/didn’t get out of the experience.
That being said, let’s get this show on the road!
I’m a very sporadic writer. I could write thirteen words one day and three thousand the next, so I get bogged down by the idea of a schedule or an outline. While this an unreliable way to write a book, it works for me. The idea of pigeonholing my creative process into a detailed schedule with word count requirements scares me: I’m fairly certain I would get three days in and call it quits because my characters would tell me to write one thing while my outline would tell me to write another.
I’m also a firm believer in the idea that writing a book is a marathon, not a sprint. I don’t want to race against the clock to crank out pages and put words on paper; I want my story to live and breathe and take its own form on its own schedule. Expecting myself to write a full novel in a month feels like a double-edged sword, a challenge and a set-up for failure. I would rather take two years to tell my story right than cram it all into a month and come out of it with a project I’m less than proud of.
Another reason why I don’t do NaNoWriMo is the time commitment. November is smack in the middle of the American school year and finding time in the day to write 1,667 words is a challenge. I’m sure I could find the time if I made NaNoWriMo a priority, but I have more pressing things to do. I know that sounds callous coming from me, but it’s true. I have school and work and a million other things that need my dire attention in the month of November and, sadly, I have no room for excess.
Also, I’m halfway through a manuscript (that is almost 50,000 by the way so yay!). Participating in NaNoWriMo would mean putting my current project on hold and picking up something entirely new, which I’m not interested in doing. I’m so invested in the world of my current project that plotting something else could give me word-induced whiplash.
That’s all! If you did NaNoWriMo in the past, what did you think? If you are like me and haven’t done NaNoWriMo, why did you choose to not participate? Let me know in the comments to keep the conversation going. And don’t forget to check out my Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Spotify to share the social media love <3