Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Talk Me Out of NaNoWriMo

I wasn't going to participate this year.
What's stopping me? I have an outline, character profiles, etc.                  
My schedule is just too crazy.                                                                     
So is everyone else's schedule. AND soccer season just ended.                  
I have no down time to do anything for myself as it is.                                  
I could definitely squeeze some time in every day for writing. It will mean sacrificing reading, getting up early, STAYING OFF THE INTERNET.
I can't decided how to start my novel - I've tried three times.
Try four and go with it. It's a first draft!
I can't write that fast.
I can't write any slower.
This isn't really my style of writing.
How's my current 'style' working for me? It's not.
What if I fail?
So what? I can try again.
I know I'll never reach 50,000 words in 30 days.
I will have more words written than I do now. And who knows? This might be THE year.
Am I doing this?
Okay, fine. Unless someone talks me out it.

As you can see, I can't think of a good reason NOT to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. Maybe you could come up with one for me and I'll refute it. So, I guess I'm in. Who else is participating? Are you excited or nervous?                             



  1. I'm doing it. But the process they recommend of just writing words and more words without editing at all doesn't work for me. I like to write a few chapters, then revise, then write more, etc. with a plan in mind. I do hope to happily write 1700 words a day every day. If I get half of that done, then great. If it stresses me out, I'm going to back off.

    I'm TonjaRey if you want to buddy me.

    1. You know, Tonja, this exactly how I approach NaNoWriMo. I can't write useless or overly descriptive scenes just to reach a word count. And I've been known to start NaNo twice and back out when real life just didn't make it possible. Good luck to you!


  2. As hard and crazy as it is, I do my best work during NaNo. I'm already to go on November 1! I can't wait. Good luck to you!

  3. As I have already told you, I am NOT talking you out of Nano.

    No one has time if they really think about it. First drafts are supposed to suck. Beginnings can be rewritten.

    Do it, you don't have to formally register. I'm not. But I am using the month as inspiration to kick my ass into finishing book three.

    Stop making excuses not to write because you are getting out of the habit and yet you are one of the most beautiful writers I know

    1. I'm all signed up and ready to go! I was going to write, "Race you to the finish line," but I know better. You'd leave me in the dust, lol. Thanks for the pep talk :) This will be fun.

    2. I think I might woot...WOOT!!

      Good for you. It will be fun.

  4. If you can't figure out the start, then start in the middle. Failing that, forget it all, go away for a fun weekend, then come back and start at the end :)
    Good luck.

  5. Do it girl! Your blog is too funny! new follower, hi!

  6. @Fiona - Start in the middle? I might break out in hives! Seriously, I'm one of those start at the beginning and keep on writing until I get to the end. Thanks for the well wishes!

    @Tammy - Hi! Thanks for stopping by and following.

  7. Woohoo! I'm in. I've been planning this book all year for NaNo and can't wait to get started on it.