Monday, October 22, 2012
Thoughts on NaNoWriMo
I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. Last year I didn't enjoy it, not even a little. I got a migraine the first week, so I got behind schedule. I tried doubling up the second week and got incredibly burnt out. I hadn't planned out my novel as well as I should have. And I shared some chapters that weren't edited with my writing group, and felt miserable about it. I ended up setting the half-a-novel aside permanently, which is too bad - it could have been a great story. Now it's just a loathsome symbol of failure.
So this year, my goal is not necessarily to write a novel (although I'd love to pop out the whole thing - all 75 or 80 thousand words, not just 50). It's to keep up the pace of writing a chapter or two a day while remaining happy about it.
I love writing. My best days are the days when I completed a chapter in the morning. The rest of the day is always relatively good.
I refuse to let NaNoWriMo make me miserable this year. The point (for me at least) is to write in solidarity with a lot of people and get in the habit of writing daily - and to knock out a chunk of a novel I was going to write anyway.
Anyone else have a love/hate relationship with NaNoWriMo?
Off to edit a chapter....