I Suck at NaNoWriMo and Here’s Why I Think that’s OK

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So, I totally suck at NaNo…I mean, who really has time to write 50K words around Thanksgiving?! Oh, you do? Um, that’s great, but I’m not a superhero!

Have I written this month? Yes! Was it a lot? No! And, you know what? I’m OK with that. I think I’d rather write when I feel inspired than write when I feel like I’m being forced. Sure, I’d love to be one of those people that can post, “2K words today! #amwriting” But, what were those 2K words? In order to meet my word count does that mean I just word vomited all over my screen?  What good does that do me? What good does it do my WIP? NOTHING!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that NaNo is a thing. I mean, if you need motivation like that to write, then do it. For me, however, it feels like I’m back at school and my teacher is telling me have an assignment due. I hate writing when someone tells me to. Yeah, I know, I’m a crybaby.

I’ve tried NaNoWriMo every year and every year I fail….so…hard. I’ve just learned that it’s not for me. What does work for me? What works for you?

I honestly think it’s different for me all the time. Maybe my muse has a split personality. There are days I might need peace and absolute quiet. Perhaps, I need a little bit of music the next. Sometimes, I can hash out 2K words, in a day, sitting in front of my computer. Other times, I have to use pen and paper. Well, let’s be honest, it’s a pencil because I make too many mistakes to use a pen!

My point is this, find what works for you. If you fail at NaNo, but end up finishing your novel in January or a year from now, then oh freaking well! I see that as a success! Do you know how hard it is to write a book?!

Does that mean you give up? Um, no! We don’t give up; we’re writers, we finish that book and then second guess everything we wrote. Does that mean you put your novel to the side from time to time? Yes, by all means, do that if you’re not liking where the story is going. For the love of all that is holy, don’t force it. Work on something else. There is no shame in taking more than a month to get through that rough draft.

You just keep writing, sweet pea.

~A

 

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Why November?

I’m taking  a brief moment to say that I am participating in  NaNoWriMo this year and I have my work cut out for me. I have entered a writing contest on DeviantARt, have a magazine article to write and I’m working on writing Book 3 in The Darkness Trilogy. I’m up to my eyeballs in writing and I can’t say that I’m complaining. Although, why November was chosen for NaNoWriMo is still a mystery to me.

Let’s see, there is Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales, cooking, traveling, family, kids are out of school, Christmas is just around the corner and all that jazz. It seems to me that January would have been a better month. It’s still freezing cold outside so you’ll want to stay indoors. Also, there is nothing that really happens in January. That’s also when people feel energized to start fresh and reach whatever goal they’ve set for themselves. I could see a million writers banging away at the keyboards on January 1st.

But hey, what do I know?! Just participate in NaNoWriMo if you get the chance. You won’t regret it.

~A