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....


  1. Don't let it get the best of you!
    I like it, but will be busy editing my third book this year.

  2. Meh. I think Nano's fine if you're a beginner. Someone like me doesn't need to worry about that. I can write 50,000 words in a few days if I feel the need, though I usually don't.

    Anyway, I have something much better than Nano going on, which will be unveiled soon.

  3. Love your goal with NaNo this year. I'm gearing up to make Nov a productive month as well.

  4. No NaNo for me, but it does sort of light a competitive fire under me just knowing all my friends are out there churning out so many words in a month.

    Good luck and don't let it kick your butt!!! You got this!

  5. It's not really my thing. I tend to write about 10,000 words a week anyway and I'm usually in the middle of a project when it rolls around.

  6. I'm going to be trying it out the first time this November, hope I have a good experience! I'll try to make it fun and not stress much about it.

  7. I NEVER end up anywhere near the drafting stage in November, but even without having done NaNo, I absolutely agree with your plan for this year. Like you said, it's about churning out a good chunk of your manuscript and doing it in solidarity with an amazing writing community.

    Good luck! :)

  8. I hope you find the right schedule for you this year. I have a good habit of spending around two hours on my writing during the week, cut up into pieces and lots more hours on weekends. Good luck.

  9. Hi, Tonja,

    I've got some good books out of NaNo, but in the last two years or so, I haven't been able to finish anything resulting in that feeling of failure you talked about. As much as I'd like to be part of the madness this year, I must sit out this year - no matter that the mad side of my brain is telling me I should do NaNo :)