November has arrived! That means it’s NaNoWriMo time. I feel queasy just thinking about it. Just to be clear, I have nothing against NaNoWriMo, and I might be up for it someday…maybe.
For those of you who are new to writing, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s an annual writing project that sets a goal for writers to write 50,000 words of a new project. The purpose is to get writers into the habit of writing everyday, no matter how bad the work may be. Some writers say that the end result is an editing nightmare, while others say it got them into a good writing routine. Writers need to consider whether or not they are going attempt the chaos.
I have chosen not to do NaNoWriMo for several reasons. Firstly, I am in the midst of editing, so writing isn’t going to happen. Secondly, the holidays are busy and I’m not sure that I’m ready for such a commitment. Lastly, I still have two little ones at home. This month long project requires a huge sacrifice of time. I can’t ignore my toddler’s needs, no matter how much I want to write. In three years, all my kids will be in all-day school. So, come November 2016, I might be up for NaNoWriMo. Might.
I don’t want to knock those who make the huge accomplishment of writing 50,000 words within one month. That’s amazing; noteworthy. I’m just not sure if the hurried writing of NaNoWriMo is conducive to my writing style. I love to write, but there are times that my mind needs to rest in order to take the story in the right direction. If I wrote for the sake of hitting a quota, the story could go on a tangent. I only write stories that matter to me. Would I want to risk a story that I really love on NaNoWriMo? It’s something to consider.
Well, good luck to all you NaNoWriMo hopeful achievers! I wish you the very best, but for those of you who don’t succeed, take pride in what you were able to accomplish.