I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve “competed” and won three or four times, I think, and had at least one manuscript die on the page on me partway through that I wasn’t able to cross the finish line with. I haven’t officially tried in a couple of years now.
I love the concept of NaNo, guys. I think it’s amazing, and had I not won it for the first time in 2006 with Click I’m convinced that my life would be very different now, even though Click will never see the light of day. Skylights was originally a NaNoWriMo project, too, although the final draft of the project ends up close to twice the suggested NaNo length. I suggested that I had “outgrown” NaNoWriMo in a post a couple of weeks ago, an assertion that encountered a bit of pushback and was probably not the best imaginable phrasing. What I was getting at was this: I think a big part of NaNo is for people who are not first-time novelists to become first-time novelists, and the event’s damn-the-torpedoes, full-speed-ahead emphasis is a big part of that. I am not only not a first-time novelist any longer, but I’ve proven to myself that I can write without the pressure of NaNo hanging over my head– which means that I don’t “need” it to help me any more. Is that the only reason to do it? Of course not– but I have my own little community of writerfolk here, too, so I don’t need the breakneck pace any longer.
I am going to do this, though, in the spirit of the thing:
- I’ll blog every day in November, which… let’s be honest, I was gonna do that anyway. Although I’m going to be in Nashville at a conference for most of next week, so the last part of the week may be late-evening and photo-post heavy.
- I’m gonna work on Benevolence Archives 8 every day, too, at least a little bit, with the goal being having the first draft done by the end of the month. This should be less challenging than it sounds, because I don’t think the first draft has much more than 10-15,000 words or so left in it. This gives me December to not look at it at all while beta readers look at it and gives me a good shot at an early Spring release date.
So I’m not doing NaNo, but I’m still going to be pushing myself a bit more than usual this month. Plus I’m growing my beard back in, but that’s a winter thing, and not a No-Shave-November thing. 🙂 What are you doing with yourself this month?