Eep! NaNoWriMo Around the Corner?

Dear Reader,

I’m in a pickle because I can’t decide if I want to do NaNoWriMo this year. NaNoWrimo is the National Novel Writing Month, and depending who you talk to, it’s the best or worst thing to hit the writing community, ever. The entire point of NaNoWriMo is to write 50k words in 30 days. That’s it. They don’t have to be good, make sense, anything. Just write. Write for your life.

There are authors who contend that NaNoWriMo makes anyone feel they can write and publish a book… the self-publishing explosion hasn’t helped matters because it seems people often publish what they wrote during NaNoWriMo without vetting it with an editor. There are authors who encourage and support NaNoWriMo because it is a wonderful way to connect and network with other writers, either locally or online.

Why am I hesitating?

My dilemma is that I’m still figuring things out for The Rebel’s Hero. I didn’t tell you this because I was afraid you would get upset, but I restarted it (again!) a couple of weeks ago for the fourth time. Never fear! I’m already past the word count from the third attempt… I’m around 17k words with an estimated goal of 70k. I’m doing my best to learn from the critiques I’ve received, which means I’m focusing on tightening the plot (no wild chases or random characters popping in at critical moments for no reason), and exploring relationships (why is it people are doing these things, and why do we care?).

My writing schedule has dropped from attempting something every day, to writing once a week. That is, the act of writing happens once a week… I spend a lot of my down time thinking, reading philosophy and historical texts, and having deep discussions with people, much like my characters. When I do sit down to write, I bust out a couple thousand words. At least I’m making progress!

Writing Vacation

I’ve been considering, quite seriously, taking a weekend trip somewhere. Just holing myself up in a charming little bed and breakfast and seeing how much I can write without distractions. I think the money spent might be worth it. Exercise helps, for sure, but my schedule has been so hectic lately I haven’t had a chance to really beat myself up and free those toxins creating the writer’s block.

Heh it feels like I’m saying I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year, due to schedules, etc. I might just be making excuses. Or I might feel confident in my new writing schedule. Whatever the case, I’m curious… are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? What are your thoughts about it?

4 thoughts on “Eep! NaNoWriMo Around the Corner?

  1. Not doing NaNo. Can't really ever imagine a time where I'll try that again.

    The writing vacation is something I've always wanted to do. I got to do it a little bit during the Midwest Writers Workshop Spring Fellowship a few months ago. IT was great. Which, if you're still around here in the general midwest, you should apply for that program. Great advice and a great weekend of writing.


    1. Yeah, the first year I "won" with a draft that later became Haunting Miss Trentwood… Though that draft is almost unrecognizable to the book that was eventually released. I'm just not feeling NaNo anymore. It was a great experience that year, but following years I've just had other priorities. Why it's in November, which is often one of my busiest months, just drives me nuts. Why not August? Nothing happens in August!

      I am still in the midwest, and this definitely sounds interesting. I'm still trying to decide what is more important to me right now… writing with other people, or just writing at all. Right now I'm panicking because I've become so busy with my dancing and work. I feel like I'm losing grip on the story because I don't have time to sit down with it.

      I'll look into the Midwest Writers Workshop and see if it fits into my schedule for next year. At the very least, thanks for suggesting it, and if that one doesn't work out, I can look for other events closer to me.


  2. Do it! Do it!

    Granted, Belinda, you know that I'm a crazed nut… but even without a solid project, fifty thousand words of random brainstorming can give you so much material. Isn't that the point of NaNoWriMo, in some ways– writing without worrying about what's coming out? Some of my best ideas and my best characters have come out of such things.


    1. Haha it takes a crazed nut to know a crazed nut…

      I really need to sit down and focus on outlining. Or something. Fact is, my office is a mess because I've had guests over, so even though my whiteboards have all my content, I can't work in my office. Once I've cleaned everything, I'll feel better, and might even write. But I doubt I'll do NaNoWriMo officially. Just thinking about it is giving my palpitations.


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